Paul Motian: Mumbo Jumbo


Mumbo Jumbo


Paul Motian (drums)


Garden of Eden (ECM 1917 B0006065-02)

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Paul Motian (drums), Chris Cheek (reeds), Tony Malaby (reeds), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Ben Monder (guitar), Jakob Bro (guitar), Jerome Harris (bass).

Recorded: New York, City, NY. November 2004


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Intriguing track featuring a unique lineup, written by an iconoclast composer and one of the best drummers in the business. Motianís skills as a bandleader and composer usually overshadow his playing, and Iím sure thatís the point. While the looseness of this piece and the textures of the front line (three guitars and two reeds) make for an almost quilt-like sound, all the melodic weaving adds up to an interesting and singular performance.

Reviewer: Frank Murphy


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