Saturday, December 3, 2011
Fusions + More Tributes to Paul Motian
It's a treat to get lost in this music. Played loud, the rafters shake - even on lower volume, one can not miss the intensity of the interplay and the joyous work of the rhythm section. To find out more, go to www.reztone.com.
"Exception to the Rule" is an excellent program that should be listened to in one sitting. If you only check out the shorter electronic pieces or the longer, up-tempo romps, you will not get the full effect of the project. John Escreet is an exciting composer and Messrs. Binney, Opsvik and Waits make his writing come alive. He is also an exciting musician as well as a person who has no fear of experimentation, crossing genres and avoiding cliches. What more can an adventurous listener ask for? To find out more, go to www.johnescreet.com.
http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/11/27/musicians-on-motian-xi-larry-goldings-writes/ - the tributes are heartfelt, honest, touching, and giving the often irascible Mr Motian a sweet sendoff.
Pianist-composer-journalist Ethan Iverson (keeper of the keyboard in The Bad Plus) weighs in on the life and appeal of Paul Motian on his blog, "Do The Math." Read it and you'll learn even more why this drummer was such a influential and inspiring musician (with a wicked sense of humor). Go to http://dothemath.typepad.com/dtm/the-paradox-of-continuity.html - once you finish reading, find some Motian music and be thankful for his long, fascinating, career.