Paul Motian: Liza




Paul Motian (drums)


On Broadway, Volume One (JMT 834430)

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Paul Motian (drums), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Bill Frisell (guitar), Charlie Haden (bass).

Recorded: November, 1988


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Whether recording classic tracks with Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett in the 1960s or leading one of his own Manhattan-based groups at the Village Vanguard in 2007, Paul Motian has been successfully performing as a jazz drummer for over fifty years. His trademark is balancing traditional swing patterns with freer, looser rhythms. While he certainly can and often does play traditional swing patterns, Motian constantly experiments with his time patterns, often leaving space in order to “poke” back in at his bandmates in musical conversation. Here Motian plays Chick Webb’s famous drum feature “Liza” with post-bop twists and turns.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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