Drummer Talk

Tribute to Paul Motian

“The first time I played with Paul I was struck not by his modernity but by the traditional side, the almost pre-bebop feel to his playing,”said the bassist Larry Grenadier, who appears on a handful of Motian’s albums, in a band with the pianist Masabumi Kikuchi. “It was such an amazing history of music in his playing, all the time. Not that he was shifting: everything existed in that beat.”

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