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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. He went on to prove that he is one of the finest trio drummers in jazz history, working with the free-jazz influenced group of Paul Bley and the more wide-ranging Keith Jarrett Trio. During the decade he played with Jarrett (1967-76), Motian developed a particular rapport with bassist Charlie Haden, in whose own groups he toured and recorded from time to time, from the 1960s to the 1990s.

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Albums

ECM Recordings
ECM Recordings
ECM Records
2014
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Paul Motian
Soul Note
2013
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Paul Motian: Jack of Clubs
Paul Motian: Jack of...
Soul Note
2013
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Paul Motian: Paul Motian (Old & New Masters Edition)
Paul Motian: Paul...
ECM Records
2013
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The Windmills Of Your Mind
The Windmills Of Your...
Winter & Winter
2011
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Paul Motian Trio 2000 + Two: Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume lll
Paul Motian Trio 2000...

2011
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