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Sunday, February 12, 2012

R.I.P. Dept. - Paul Motian passed away...


I was lucky enough to see him alive a dozen times... with Bill Frisell, Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett and other stellar musicians hidden in my mind hard disk... his playing, light and inventive accompanied Bill Evans in his first, seminal, "perfect" trio, with great, late Scott La Faro's double bass...

He sort-of invented a drumming so rich and non-violent, where his brushes were caressing his Zijldjan's accenting, underlining and keeping the climax under the harmonic and lyrical lines...

His playing has been a firm lighthouse for generations... I loved his playing: his last disks, with his own ensemble or as a collaborator with other groups, usually on ECM label were his VERY Zenith, his maturity, classy, full bodied.

He played extensively in concert 'til last year...

He was eighty.

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