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Paul Motian

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Paul Motian
Paul Motian


ECM salutes the late, great drummer with an Old & New Masters Edition box of six of his early albums on the label. The recordings from 1972 to 1984 are Conception Vessel, Tribute, Dance, Le Voyage, Psalm and It Should've Happened A Long Time Ago.

Paul Motian's innovative drumming with the great trios of Bill Evans and Paul Bley had already assured him of a place in jazz's history books, but Motian had not considered life as a bandleader until ECM proposed a recording session under his own name. Conception Vessel opened floodgates of creativity. Through these recordings we hear not only the evolution of several outstanding Motian ensembles and the birth of the enduring Motian/Frisell/Lovano trio, but also the growth of confidence of a unique jazz composer. In Paul's music, memories of Turkish and Armenian melodies he had heard as a child were filtered through a love of jazz.

Early in his career, Paul had played with Thelonious Monk, and Monk's wayward sense of dynamics remained a reference for him, but he also loved the free expressive possibilities of the new jazz. Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden, regular partners in Keith's trio and quartet, encouraged Paul's creative flight on, respectively, Conception Vessel and Tribute. With Dance and Le Voyage, the trios with Charles Brackeen recorded 1977 and 1979, Motian shaped a soundworld entirely his own, and a blueprint for the future. This box set includes extensive liner notes by pianist Ethan Iverson and rare historical photos of the musicians.


  1. Name
  2. Georgian Bay
  3. Ch'i Energy
  4. Rebica
  5. Conception Vessel
  6. American Indian: Song of Sitting Bull
  7. Inspiration from a Vietnamese Lullaby
  8. Victoria
  9. Tuesday Ends Saturday
  10. War Orphans
  11. Sod House
  12. Song for Ché
  13. Waltz Song
  14. Dance
  15. Kalypso
  16. Asia
  17. Prelude
  18. Lullaby
  19. Folk Song for Rosie
  20. Abacus
  21. Cabala/Drum Music
  22. The Sunflower
  23. Le Voyage
  24. Psalm
  25. White Magic
  26. Boomerang
  27. Fantasm
  28. Mandeville
  29. Second Hand
  30. Etude
  31. Yahllah
  32. It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago
  33. Fiasco
  34. Conception Vessel
  35. Introduction
  36. India
  37. In the Year of the Dragon
  38. Two Women from Padua
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