Monday January 02, 2012
Paul Motian, drummer, bandleader, composer and one of the most influential jazz musicians of the last 50 years, died on November 22, 2011 in Manhattan. He was 80 and lived in Manhattan. Joe Lovano was a close personal friend of Paul and worked with him on many releases. Most notably, his trio work with Paul and Bill Frisell. After his passing, BBC Radio 3’s “Jazz on 3” asked to sit down with Joe talk about working with Paul and his music.
The interview will air tonight at 11pm (local time). You can stream it live and for one week after it airs here
“Paul’s passion and inspiration in music was fueled by his associations and collaborations with the most creative improvises in Jazz which made him one of most influential mystical and magical musicians of all time.Paul was a hard swinging free jazz drummer with an uncanny sense of time, phrasing and form beyond description.. His sound and touch were unmatched and personal. Playing and knowing Paul over the last 30 years under his leadership in multiple Quartets,Quintets and in Trio with Bill Frisell since 1984 has been the foundation of my development as a leader and composer. I will celebrate Paul Motian’s inspiration and influences in all of my future explorations in music for the rest of my lifetime…God Bless you Paul…”
– Joe Lovano