Help
Skip to main content
Paul Motian

Paul Motian (Drums)

Born: 25th March 1931, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Died: 22nd November 2011, Manhattan, New York, U.S.

Nationality: American

Stephen Paul Motian was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer. Motian played an important role in freeing jazz drummers from strict time-keeping duties.

He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later was a regular in pianist Keith Jarrett's band for about a decade (c. 1967–1976). Motian began his career as a bandleader in the early 1970s. Perhaps his two most notable groups were a longstanding trio of guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, and the Electric Bebop Band where he worked mostly with younger musicians on interpretations of bebop standards.

Further Reading: Paul Motian

 Classic Recordings, Paul Motian Trio - It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago

Paul Motian’s seminal trio record with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano showcased the key components of Motian’s classic quintet with some forward-thinking twilit jazz, proving to be one of the most important releases of all the trio’s careers.

Popular Genres: Paul Motian

Bebop

Contemporary Jazz

Cool & West Coast

ECM & Scandinavian Jazz

Free Jazz & Avant-Garde

All Genres: Paul Motian

Bebop

Contemporary Jazz

Cool & West Coast

ECM & Scandinavian Jazz

Free Jazz & Avant-Garde

Fusion

Hard Bop

Modal & Post Bop

Recent Best Sellers: Paul Motian

  • Live at Birdland
    CD: $15.25
    Download from $7.50
  • Sunday at the Village Vanguard
    CD: $7.00
    Download from $8.25
  • The Survivor's Suite
    CD: $15.25
    Download from $8.25
  • Eyes Of The Heart
    CD: $15.25
    Download from $8.25
  • Hamburg '72
    CD: $15.25
    Download from $8.25
  • The Ballad of The Fallen
    CD: $15.25
    Download from $10.00
  • New Releases: Paul Motian