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Paul Motian

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Although he studied drums in the Navy School of Music in Washington, there has never been anything militaristic about Paul Motian's prolific work as a jazz drummer. In the mid-1950s, he played with a host of jazz stars including Stan Getz, George Russell and Thelonious Monk, but his major association was with pianist Bill Evans, both in Evans's trio and as a member of other groups, such as the quartet led by clarinettist Tony Scott. With Bill Evans, he developed a way of playing that mirrored the pianist's phrasing and approach, often abandoning aspects of the drummer's traditional time-keeping role

Album

Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Trialogues, Vol. 1. 1. Five; 2. Woody'N You [take 2]; 3. Young and Foolish; 4. Autumn Leaves; 5. How Deep Is the Ocean; 6. Sweet and Lovely; 7. Blue in Green; 8. How My Heart Sings; 9. Re: Person I Knew; 10. My Foolish Heart (live); 11. Waltz for Debby (live); 12. Gloria's Step (live); 13. My Man's Gone Now (live); 14. Swedish Pastry (live);


Disc Two: Trialogues, Vol. 2 1. Israel; 2. The Peacocks; 3. I Believe in You; 4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; 5. I Will Say Goodbye; 6. Turn Out the Stars (live); 7. Walkin' Up (live); 8. Very Early (live); 9. Minha (All Mine) (live); 10. My Romance (live); 11. Days of Wine and Roses (live); 12. The Touch of Your Lips (live); 13. Someday My Prince Will Come (live).
Disc Three: Monologues. 1. Peace Piece; 2. Danny Boy; 3. Make Someone Happy; 4. A Time for Love; 5. Waltz for Debby; 6. The Bad and the Beautiful; 7. N.Y.C.'s No Lark; 8. Emily; 9. Remembering the Rain; 10. I Loves You Porgy (live); 11. Letter to Evan (live); 12. Nardis (live).
Disc Four: Dialogues & Confluences. 1. My Funny Valentine; 2. A Face Without a Name; 3. The Touch of Your Lips (Vocal Version); 4. I Love You; 5. Up with the Lark (live); 6. Funkallero (live); 7. Who Cares?; 8. Body and Soul; 9. You and the Night and the Music; 10. Time Remembered; 11. Night and Day; 12. A Child is Born; 13. Peri's Scope.
Disc Five: Epilogue. 1. Sareen Jurer (live) 2. Sugar Plum (live); 3. The Two Lonely People (live); 4. T. T. T. (Twelve Tone Tune); (live); 5. Quiet Now (live) 6. Up with the Lark (live); 7. How Deep Is the Ocean (live); 8. Blue Serge (live); 9. Nardis (live).

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Christoph Irniger's Open City: Retracing The Tenor's Evolution On Intakt Records

Read "Christoph Irniger's Open City: Retracing The Tenor's Evolution On Intakt Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


A sound poet of sorts, Swiss tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger has gained quite a reputation for his lyrical tone and creative penmanship, more often than not responsible for the majority of the memorable repertoire he records and performs. The poetic nature of his music is owed not only to the artists that have influenced him over ...

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Article: Album Review

Julian Lage: Squint

Read "Squint" reviewed by Chris May


Before discussing guitarist Julian Lage's album, some food for thought... A credible argument could be put forward to say that the jazz piano trio reached its pinnacle of perfection with Bill Evans' Village Vanguard performances of June 1961, with the trio of bassist Scott La Faro and drummer Paul Motian, and that trios led by guitars, ...

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Article: Album Review

Dahveed Behroozi: Echoes

Read "Echoes" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


On his sophomore effort, West Coast-based pianist Dahveed Behroozi goes into a deeply atmospheric mode on Echoes. He is joined by a pair of blue ribbon sidemen in this piano trio affair. Drummer Billy Mintz, as a drummer-texturalist, is in a league with past greats Paul Motian and Jon Christensen, creating off-kilter, unsettled weather systems of ...

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News: Recording

Craft Recordings Celebrates The Legacy Of Bill Evans With First-Ever Career-Spanning Collection, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)

Craft Recordings Celebrates The Legacy Of Bill Evans  With First-Ever Career-Spanning Collection, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)

Craft Recordings proudly honors the pioneering jazz artist Bill Evans and his enduring musical contributions, with two new titles. The first—a deluxe, five-CD box set and digital album, titled Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)—marks the first-ever career-spanning collection of music from the pianist, featuring over 60 tracks that spotlight Evans’ exceptional work ...

Article: Album Review

Mark Solborg, Anders Banke, Bjørn Heebøll: Angels

Read "Angels" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Cinque temi originali (per lo più di Mark Solborg) più due di Monk, uno in sé e per sé e uno riverniciato (quanto riconoscibilissimo), la titletrack ayleriana e il conclusivo “Harvest Breed" di Nick Drake compongono questo album, che nelle geometrie non può non rimandare allo storico trio di Paul Motian con Joe Lovano e Bill ...

Article: Album Review

Masabumi Kikuchi: Hanamichi — The Final Studio Recording

Read "Hanamichi — The Final Studio Recording" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Esce postumo, a inaugurare l'etichetta Red Hook, questo album in solitudine del grande pianista giapponese Masabumi Kikuchi, che molti ricorderanno per le collaborazioni con Gary Peacock (epica quella del 1971, Voices) e Paul Motian, su tutte il formidabile e geniale trio Tethered Moon. Registrato nel 2013, due anni prima della sua scomparsa, il lavoro vede il ...

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Article: Interview

Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana

Read "Gli Unscientific Italians e l'arte della meta-sintesi Friselliana" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Se Nanni Moretti fosse nato nel 1973 invece che nel 1953, la famosa scena di Caro Diario che lo vede in sella ad un vespone per le strade vuote di una languida Roma ferragostana avrebbe avuto come colonna sonora la musica di Bill Frisell piuttosto che quella di Keith Jarrett. Perchè ogni epoca viene definita da ...

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Article: Album Review

Arbenz, Mehari, Veras: Conversation #1: Condensed

Read "Conversation #1: Condensed" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


One of the most appealing aspects in jazz is the interplay among musicians in a group. There is usually a continuous musical conversation occurring during any given session, which adds an element of spontaneity. Swiss drummer Florian Arbenz is concentrating on this concept of conversation in his upcoming releases, beginning with Conversation #1: Condensed.


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