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For the Love of Sarah showcases the adventurous and singular compositional style of pioneer drummer/composer Paul Motian. The compositions find new directions through the eccentric instrumentation and improvisational conversation held between Jeff Cosgrove on drums, John Hebert on bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Jamie Masefield on mandolin. Each performance features an uncompromising musical connection between the musicians. The recording highlights duo conversation, dense quartet improvisation, trio sensitivity, and undeniable commitment to the musical moment. The group worked together to arrange and highlight the music’s subtle beauty.

For the Love of Sarah

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Dance; Conception Vessel; The Storyteller; From Time to Time; The Story of Maryam; Mumbo Jumbo; Arabesque; For the Love of Sarah; The Owl of Cranston; One Time Out.

The Music of Paul Motian: For the Love of Sarah

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: Dance; Conception Vessel; The Storyteller; From Time to Time; The Story of Maryam; Mumbo Jumbo; Arabesque; For the Love of Sarah; The Owl of Cranston; One Time Out.

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Motian Sickness: The Music of Paul Motian: For the Love of Sarah

Read "The Music of Paul Motian: For the Love of Sarah" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Washington, DC drummer Jeff Cosgrove's exploration of jazz drumming legend Paul Motian's music has been a labor of love. Motian, who passed away in November 2011, sent Cosgrove 29 tunes over the three years this project took to realize. Using traditional bluegrass musicians as a kind of laboratory, Cosgrove chose compositions that best fit the uncommon ...

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Motian Sickness: The Music of Paul Motian: For the Love of Sarah

Read "For the Love of Sarah" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The parts of the drum set, viewed individually or as a collective whole, fit neatly under the “percussion" heading in the musical instrument world, yet Paul Motian rarely seemed to view them as objects to be struck. Motian found a way to finesse the cymbals, flirt with the drums and free the drum set from the ...

The Veiled Meanings of Paul Motian

Read "The Veiled Meanings of Paul Motian" reviewed by Nic Jones

While Paul Motian's music could be regarded as amalgam of the predetermined and the free, that tells only a small part of the story. Similarly, arguing that his drumming was a merging of Kenny Clarke and Sunny Murray is no more helpful, even as it hints at the freedom in his work. But at this moment ...

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The Story of Maryam

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Duration: 02:47

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Motian Sickness: The Music of Paul Motian: For the Love of Sarah

Read "For the Love of Sarah" reviewed by Dave Sumner

There is an edge-of-sleep quality to the recently departed Paul Motian's drumming, and to much of the music he recorded. It's a dreaminess that reflects the spark of subconscious creativity even as the body sits at rest. For the Love of Sarah is a tribute to Motian's music, and from the opening moments it's like stepping ...

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Motian Sickness: For the Love of Sarah

Read "For the Love of Sarah" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

All'inizio del 2011 lo String Choir di Joel Harrison aveva pubblicato un suggestivo album sulle composizioni di Paul Motian (intitolato Music of Paul Motian, appunto) legando i suoni (elettrici e non) della chitarra sua e di Liberty Ellman, a quelli di un eterodosso quartetto d'archi comprendente anche Dana Leong al violoncello e Mat Maneri alla viola. ...

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Motian Sickness - For the Love of Sarah (2011)

Less than two months ago the great jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Paul Motian passed away at eighty years old, in what was arguably the most substantial loss in the jazz world of 2011. He left behind a legacy that's been well documented on this site, so I won't get into all that here. Instead, this ...


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