Paul was one of a kind: a musicians’ drummer who thought about the music, not just the rhythm, and cast his own sound on everything he played. But he could play anything, and with anybody. He was committed to his work, and didn’t stop learning as he grew older. When he wanted to start writing music, he learned how to write. Once, while playing at the Vanguard, I heard a crash, looked up, and Paul wasn’t there at his drums. But coming from behind his drums was his arm, reaching for the cymbals so he wouldn’t miss a beat. He had fallen off the drum stool in his musical excitement, but never stopped playing.
—  Keith Jarrett, quoted in Paul Motian Dies at 80 (
…Sebbene ci insegnino a cercare una qualità senza tempo nell’arte, in realtà ad essere veramente senza tempo è la vita: la medesima successione, incredibilmente simile a se stessa, di esigenze, di richieste e dipendenze, che continuano a ripetersi e mescolano di anno in anno…
—  Paul Motion citato daAdam Gopnik in “Una casa a New York”

Living Standards
Fred Thomas & Zac Gvi

This album is a new collaboration that re-imagines the jazz songbook repertoire as a fertile playground for creativity, a vehicle of dynamic exploration and an intimate form of poetry. Having played together in various contexts (Fly Agaric, the Magic Lantern, The Irreverents), Thomas and Gvirtzman draw on their previous experience and their shared love of jazz, as well as other kinds of music, and particularly Paul Motian’s “On Broadway Vols. 1-5”, Billie Holiday and Lennie Tristano. Joined here by the most unique and sensitive of players, the duos and trios on this record express the length and breadth of their artform whilst always maintaining a deep sense of respect for the songs, their characters and their stories.

Fred Thomas and Zac Gvi twist songbook classics as on their new record ‘Living Standards – Timeout

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Available on iTunes. Recorded at St. Georges-in-the-East Church, mixed and mastered by Alex Bonney, “Living Standards” is released on F-IRE Label.

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PAUL MOTIAN EMLÉKKONCERT—-Mandeville by sarvarikov

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Evans did a reharmonization of the standard back in the Village Vanguard days. I included my transcription of his chords here because I think his version of the progression is absolutely brilliant. This is also my favorite take. Definitely a gem! Note: Sometimes when they play the Ehalfdim9 - A7alt the bass player will just play an A pedal over both chords. Piano - Bill Evans (Obviously) Bass - Scott LaFaro Drums - Paul Motian

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charlie haden / paul motian / geri allen — lonely woman