TRIBUTE TO PAUL MOTIAN (1931 - 2011) 9

This is the ninth album of a 15 series, giving a beautiful view of the career of one of the greatest drummers in jazz

1992 Paul Motian - On Broadway, Vol. 3 

"Paul Motian's ON BROADWAY VOL. 3--which includes takes on standards like Jerome Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight" and Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean"-- is sophisticated post-bop jazz. But that's a simplistic assessment, as the sensitivity, nuance, and subtle experimentalism of the musicianship make this a case study in contemporary jazz of the first order. While melody is often paramount, and there are none of the cacophonous squawks usually associated with avant jazz, the musicians play off each other with edgy precision, creating swirling rhythms within rhythms, upending harmonic possibilities, and rooting through phrases to find their hidden secrets.
"That the ensemble is able to balance these two extremes--the "straight" and the experimental--so perfectly is no surprise given that the musicians are giants in the genre. Guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Charlie Haden, and saxophonists Joe Lovano and Lee Konitz display such a deep structural understanding of this music and such a stunning group telepathy that they completely reinvent these old chestnuts. Motian's abstract conception of time (nicely heard in his ethereal cymbal patterns) and Frisell's shimmering guitar keeps this masterful set miles removed from a standard bop date, as do Lovano and Konitz's solos." Sigma Sounds

Paul Motian (drums); Paul Motian; Charlie Haden (double bass); Bill Frisell (guitar); Lee Konitz (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone).

Track listing
1 "How Deep Is the Ocean?" (Irving Berlin) - 6:49
2 "I Wish I Knew" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) - 6:40
3 "Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) - 6:12
4 "Crazy She Calls Me" (Bob Russell, Carl Sigman) - 4:15
5 "Tico Tico" (Zequinha de Abreu) - 2:44
6 "Weaver of Dreams" (Jack Elliott, Victor Young) - 6:56
7 "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) - 5:18
8 "Handful of Stars" (Jack Lawrence, Ted Shapiro) - 6:42
9 "Pennies From Heaven" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) - 5:20
10 "Skylark" (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) - 5:00
Attention to "Tico-Tico" by Zequinha de Abreu, Brazilian compositor


1 comment:

feelingofjaz said...

The tribute is a fine idea....I have enjoyed his work since he started out.