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Paul Motian


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


At The Village Vanguard 1961 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Gloria’s Step; My Man’s Gone Now; Solar; Alice In Wonderland; All of You; Jade Visions; My Foolish Heart; Waltz For Debby; Detour Ahead; My Romance; Some Other Time; Milestones.


Complete Trio Recordings

Label: Fingerpoppin' Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc 1 Portrait in Jazz: Come Rain or Come Shine; Autumn Leaves; Witchcraft; When I Fall in Love; Peri's Scope; What Is This Thing Called Love?; Spring Is Here; Some Day My Prince Will Come; Blue in Green; Come Rain or Come Shine (alt tk); Autumn Leaves (alt tk mono); Blue in Green (alt tk 1); Blue in Green (alt tk 2). Disc 2 Explorations: Israel; Haunted Heart; Beautiful Love; Elsa; Nardis; How Deep Is the Ocean?; I Wish I Knew; Sweet and Lovely; The Boy Next Door; Beautiful Love (alt tk); How Deep Is the Ocean? (alt tk); I Wish I Knew (alt tk). Disc 3 1960 Birdland Broadcasts: Autumn Leaves; Our Delight; Beautiful Love; Autumn Leaves; Come Rain or Come Shine; Come Rain or Come Shine; Nardis; Blue in Green; Autumn Leaves; All of You; Come Rain or Come Shine; Speak Low. Disc 4 At The Village Vanguard Part 1: Gloria's Step (alt tk); Alice in Wonderland (alt tk); My Foolish Heart; All of You (alt tk 1); My Romance; Some Other Time; Solar; Gloria's Step; My Man's Gone Now; All of You; Detour Ahead (alt tk); Conversation. Disc 5 At The Village Vanguard Part 2: Waltz for Debby; Alice in Wonderland; I Loves You Porgy; My Romance (alt tk); Milestones; Detour Ahead; Gloria's Step (alt tk 2); Waltz for Debby; All of You (alt tk 2); Jade Visions (alt tk); Jade Visions 4:04; A Few Final Bars.


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums

Read "Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Bill Evans attracts a special sort of fan. Clinically obsessive is a reasonable description. While far from undiscerning, we find something, usually plenty, to enjoy in every record Evans played on. And we want them all in our collection. Evans' hardcore fans include practically every musician who played with him. Eddie Gomez, his ...


Article: Album Review

Bill Evans Trio: At The Village Vanguard 1961 Revisited

Read "At The Village Vanguard 1961 Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Imagine yourself in Greenwich Village June 25, 1961. You are in attendance at a small pie shaped club called the Village Vanguard run by Max Gordon. This is before it was to be crowned as a jazz holy ground. Sonny Rollins had recorded his famous A Night At The “Village Vanguard" (Blue Note, 1957). John Coltrane ...


Article: Liner Notes

Bill Evans Trio: At The Village Vanguard 1961 Revisited

Read "Bill Evans Trio: At The Village Vanguard 1961 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

Liner notes generally avoid referencing current affairs, for the good reason that what is front page news when the notes are being written may be gone and forgotten by the time the album is released. But there are exceptional circumstances, and here is one of them. On his father's side, Bill Evans was ...


Article: Album Review

Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Emergence, the latest album by the Texas-based Alex Coke & Carl Michel Sextet, is by and large chamber jazz, veering often into the realms of avant-garde and free improvisation. The standard of musicianship is high, the urge to listen a second time rather less so--an opinion that must be qualified by the admission that it expresses ...


Article: Album Review

Bill Evans: Waltz For Debby

Read "Waltz For Debby" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In a very unscientific survey, 9 out of 10 jazz connoisseurs listed Waltz For Debby by the Bill Evans Trio as one of their desert island picks. For more than sixty years it has been a best seller and this reissue, like its companion release Sunday At The Village Vanguard (Craft Recordings, 2023), is part of ...


Article: Album Review

Kurt Rosenwinkel: Berlin Baritone

Read "Berlin Baritone" reviewed by Dave Linn

Born in 1970, in Philadelphia, Kurt Rosenwinkel began playing guitar at a young age and quickly demonstrated a remarkable talent and an innovative playing style. Later, he studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was during this time that he began to attract attention within the jazz community for his unique approach ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kresten Osgood, Adriano Clemente & Rempis Percussion Quartet

Read "Kresten Osgood, Adriano Clemente & Rempis Percussion Quartet" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Danish drummer Kresten Osgood has always fascinated me with his versatility, and he's one of those do-everything cats: composer, saxophonist, singer, organizer, media host and rapper. But it's his drumming that gets the spotlight in this show with a peek at back catalogue plus a new release with iconic drummer Ra Kalam Bob Moses and guitarist ...


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