Paul Motian (6CD)

Paul Motian

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Jazz, Contemporary
April 8, 2013

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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.

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(4 stars) A discreetly handsome edition of the kind this label does so well, in tribute to the revered percussionist and composer...It reveals the growing boldness of his ideas and the increasing subtlety of his playing over the course of the years 1972-1984.

The Observer, (Dave Gelly), April 14, 2013

(4 stars) It's not just a Motian homage, but a trip from an early-70s jazz influenced by free-playing, folk and protest music, to later sounds, opened up by technology and genre crossovers, that paved the paths to the present.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), April 19, 2013

(4 stars) It's a cliché to suggest that you should buy this for the booklet, but it would be difficult to say anything here that isn't said better in the 4,000-plus words of Ethan Iverson's accompanying essay...a master musician and a compelling conceptualist.

Jazzwise, (Brian Priestley), August 2013

(4 stars) A splendid new 6-CD box simply titled Paul Motian chronicles his solo oeuvre from 1972-84.

Record Collector, (Charles Waring), July 2013

ECM have really done drummer, composer and bandleader Paul Motian proud with this 6CD box set in their Old and New Masters Edition...Informed and helpful notes by pianist Ethan Iverson are the icing on the cake.

The Northern Echo, (Peter Bevan), May 23, 2013

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Key Value
Catalogue number 3722346
Barcode 0602537223466
Number of items 6
Packaging type Box Set
Imported No
Weight 232g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 130mm x 30mm x 130mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Georgian Bay 07:27
2. Ch'i Energy 02:34
3. Rebica 11:11
4. Conception Vessel 07:43
5. American Indian: Song of Sitting Bull 02:41
6. Inspiration from a Vietnamese Lullaby 09:42

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. Victoria 05:25
2. Tuesday Ends Saturday 06:38
3. War Orphans 07:27
4. Sod House 09:51
5. Song for Ché 08:33

Disc 3

Track Listing — Disc 3

Song Title Time
1. Waltz Song 07:07
2. Dance 07:25
3. Kalypso 04:17
4. Asia 07:40
5. Prelude 06:50
6. Lullaby 05:59

Disc 4

Track Listing — Disc 4

Song Title Time
1. Folk Song for Rosie 09:52
2. Abacus 07:15
3. Cabala/Drum Music 06:10
4. The Sunflower 08:47
5. Le Voyage 11:13

Disc 5

Track Listing — Disc 5

Song Title Time
1. Psalm 06:53
2. White Magic 02:57
3. Boomerang 05:37
4. Fantasm 06:06
5. Mandeville 05:03
6. Second Hand 09:12
7. Etude 04:16
8. Yahllah 07:40

Disc 6

Track Listing — Disc 6

Song Title Time
1. It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago 06:03
2. Fiasco 07:43
3. Conception Vessel 04:28
4. Introduction 03:00
5. India 07:21
6. In the Year of the Dragon 05:52
7. Two Women from Padua 05:13