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Paul Motian

Charles Brackeen soprano and tenor saxophones
Carlos Ward alto saxophone
Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Billy Drewes tenor and alto saxophones
Sam Brown acoustic, electric guitars
Paul Metzke electric guitar
Bill Frisell guitar, guitar synthesizer
Keith Jarrett flute, piano
Leroy Jenkins violin
Becky Friend flute
Charlie Haden double bass
David Izenzon double bass
J.F. Jenny-Clark double bass
Ed Schuller double bass
Paul Motian drums, percussion
CD 1
Conception Vessel (ex-ECM 1028)
Georgian Bay
Ch´i Energy
Conception Vessel
American Indian: Song of Sitting Bull
Inspiration from a Vietnamese Lullaby

CD 2
Tribute (ex-ECM 1048)
Tuesday Ends Saturday
War Orphans
Sod House
Song for Ché

CD 3
Dance (ex-ECM 1108)
Waltz Song

CD 4
Le Voyage (ex-ECM 1138)
Folk Song for Rosie
Cabala/Drum Music
The Sunflower
Le Voyage

CD 5
Psalm (ex-ECM 1222)
White Magic
Second Hand

CD 6
It should´ve happened
a long time ago
(ex-ECM 1283)
It should´ve happened a long time ago
Conception Vessel
In the Year of the Dragon
Two Women from Padua

Recorded November 1972, May 1974, September 1977, March 1979, December 1981 & July 1984

ECM 2260-65

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This six-CD set, with recordings from 1972 to 1984, includes the albums 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.