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 (

Rob Price and I are gearing up for a duo show as part of the Prospect Heights Music and Art Festival on July 16.

We play one set at 7pm at Branded Saloon on Vanderbilt Ave in Brooklyn.

Here’s a clip of us playing a great Paul Motian song, “Circle Dance” from way back in 2011 in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Kahekümne viies päev. Liikumises.

Oeh, ma olen nii läbi! Tööl oli täna täiesti meeletu päev ja kodus tahtsin ainult vedeleda ja pesta ja süüa ja veel vedeleda. Aga pildi pidi ju ka ära tegema…

Vaatasin teiste pilte ja taipasin, et minul pole loomi, lapsi ega midagi, mis tavaliselt liikumises on. Mis veel liigub? Vesi - tehtud. Mis veel liigub? Autod - tehtud! Inimesed kõnnivad, autod sõidavad, loomad jooksevad…

Raamatud. Raamatud on minu. Tõde ja õigus sai riiulist võetud, sest see on hea. Ja nii mu raamat liikuski. Nüüd tekkis tahtmine seda raamatut ka taaskord otsast peale lugema hakata, aga no ootab selle asjaga, kuni 150 teist raamatut on järjekorrast loetud.

…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”
la Montaña Rusa #381. Especial Paul Bley

la Montaña Rusa #381. Especial Paul Bley

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En este especial de La Montaña Rusa, queremos rendir un sentido y profundo homenaje a la figura del gran Paul Bley que nos dejó casi de puntillas a principios de este 2016, hace unas semanas. Paul Bley no sólo fue uno de los pianistas de jazz contemporáneo más destacados si no que además fue un importante potenciador y aglutinados de corrientes y jóvenes talentos que luego han sido nombres…

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Ben Monder, Pete Rende, Andrew Cyrille, Paul Motian

Release date: 15.01.2016

ECM 2421

Guitarist Ben Monder first recorded for ECM as a member of the Paul Motian Band on “Garden of Eden” in 2004, and Amorphae was originally conceived as a series of duets for Ben and Paul. A first exploratory duo session was recorded in 2010. After Motian’s death the following year it was decided to expand and complete the project with another highly influential and innovative drummer, Andrew Cyrille, adding also Pete Rende on synthesizer on two pieces. So here we hear Monder solo, in duo with Motian, in duo with Cyrille, and in trio with Cyrille and Rende. This range of expressive options casts light upon Monder’s musical concepts and their adaptability. A guitarist’s guitarist, Monder’s also a master of texture and unusual voicings, creating what one reviewer has called “detailed sonic landscapes of mystery and power”. All the music on Amorphae is his, apart from “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’”, the Rodgers & Hammerstein chestnut from the musical Oklahoma!, performed here by Monder and Motian.