Jazz Drummer Paul Motian Dead at 80

Posted by Billyjam, November 22, 2011 06:22pm | Post a Comment
Influential jazz drummer Paul Motian died earlier today in New York City as a result of the bone-marrow disorder myelodysplastic syndrome. He was 80 years of age. Described by Jazz Times as a creator of "one of the most singular and identifiable styles in all of jazz" Motian was a jazz drummer, bandleader, and composer and widely considered one of the genre's most influential musicians of the last half century.  The Philadelphia born Motian's rich history included playing drums in pianist Bill Evans’ trio in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the 1970's he was a member of Keith Jarrett’s quartet in the US and over the years, in addition to been a band leader & composer, performed regularly alongside such musicians as Bill Frisell, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Masabumi Kikuchi, and Mark Turner. One of Motian's most recent recordings was last year's Misterioso by they Paul Motian Quintet on Soul Note that featured Bill Frisell, Alex Lodico, Jim Pepper, and Ed Schuller. Motian lleaves behind a deep catalog of both his own recordings and others that he contributed to including Keith Jarret's. Below is a video clip of Motian performing with The Electric Bebop Band in Brazil eight years ago at a jazz festival with a lineup that included Jakob Bro on guitar, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Chris Cheeck on tenor sax, Anders Christensen on acoustic bass, and Tony Malaby on sax.

Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band "It Never Entered My Mind" 
Live at Chivas Jazz Fest Brazil (2003)