Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Singing Drums and the Drums

 



Nana Vasconcelos, Paul Motian, Fredy Studer, Pierre Favre 1984
On tour for ECM's 'Singing Drums' album Photo: ©Beat Bierl

Singing DrumsMetal Birds
(Pierre Favre)
1984ECMPierre Favre drums, gongs, crotales, cymbals; Paul Motian drums, gongs, crotales, calebasses, rodbrushes; Fredy Studer drums, gongs, cymbals; Nana Vasconcelos berimbau, voice, tympani, conga, water pot, shakers, bells
The Drums
(different mix than Treasure Island)
Angles (Without Edges)
(Keith Jarrett)
1974 Rec.1974ABC ImpulsePaul Motian drums; Keith Jarrett piano; Dewey Redman tenor sax; Charlie Haden bass; Guilherme Franco & Danny Johnson percussion
Singing DrumsFrog Songs
(Pierre Favre)
1984ECMPierre Favre; Paul Motian; Fredy Studer; Nana Vasconcelos
The Drums
(Crescent)
The Drum Thing
(John Coltrane)
1974 Rec.1964

ABC ImpulseElvin Jones drums; John Coltrane tenor sax; Jimmy Garrison bass
Singing DrumsEdge Of the Wing
(Pierre Favre)
1984ECMPierre Favre; Paul Motian; Fredy Studer; Nana Vasconcelos
The Drums
(A Monastic Trio)
Gospel Trane
(Alice Coltrane)
1974 Rec.1968

ABC ImpulseRashied Ali drums; Alice Coltrane piano; Jimmy Garrison bass; unidentified tambourine & bells
Singing DrumsRain Forest
(Pierre Favre)
1984ECMPierre Favre; Paul Motian; Fredy Studer; Nana Vasconcelos
The Drums
(Love Cry)
Ghosts
(Albert Ayler)
1974 Rec.1967

ABC ImpulseMilford Graves drums; Albert Ayler tenor sax; Donald Ayler trumpet; Alan Silva bass
Comin’ and GoingWater
(Jim Pepper)
1983EuropaJim Pepper sax, vocals; Kenny Werner piano; Nana Vasconcelos percussion, vocals; Mark Helias bass
2nd Hour
Live at Essen, Germany
Satiricon Theater
Drum Solo
(Bley/Peacock/Motian )
March 15, 1999unreleased
Paul’s CD
Paul Bley piano; Gary Peacock double-bass; Paul Motian drums
The Drums
(Talking & Drum Solos)
Spooky Drums
(Baby Dodds)
1974 Rec.1946

ABC ImpulseBaby Dodds drums
Jack of ClubsDrum Music
(Paul Motian)

rec. March 1984/
1985
Soul NoteJoe Lovano tenor sax; Jim Pepper tenor & soprano sax; Bill Frisell guitar; Ed Schuller bass; Paul Motian drums
Comin’ and Goin’Lakota Song
(traditional)
1983EuropaJim Pepper sax, vocals; Bill Frisell guitar; Nana Vasconcelos percussion, vocals; Ed Schuller bass; Jane Lind, Karen Knight vocals
Live At Ubersee Museum
Bremen
12/7/1981
Pslam
(Paul Motian)
1981unreleasedJoe Lovano tenor sax; Billy Drewes tenor & alto sax; Bill Frisell guitar; Ed Schuller double bass; Paul Motian percussion
The Drums
(Out of the Afternoon)
Snap, Crackle
(Roy Haynes)
1974 Rec.1962

ABC ImpulseRoy Haynes drums; Roland Kirk manzello, strich, flute, nose flute; Tommy Flanagan piano & vocal intro; Henry Grimes bass
Jack of ClubsTanner Street
(Paul Motian)

rec. March 1984/
1985
Soul NoteJoe Lovano tenor sax; Jim Pepper tenor & soprano sax; Bill Frisell guitar; Ed Schuller bass; Paul Motian drums
Live At Ubersee Museum
Bremen
12/7/1981
Boomerang
(Paul Motian)
1981unreleasedJoe Lovano tenor sax; Billy Drewes tenor & alto sax; Bill Frisell guitar; Ed Schuller double bass; Paul Motian drums

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Chuck Braman: Motian Transcriptions & Interviews

 

The first two pages of Chuck Braman's transcription of Paul’s playing on 'Around Again' recorded with Paul Bley in 1964. Braman thinks this is one of the most important recordings of Paul because it’s the first recording where his mature style first became apparent. His next recording after that was not until 1967's Life Between The Exit Signs.

The first two pages of Chuck Braman's transcription of Motian’s playing on 'Around Again' recorded with Paul Bley in 1964. Braman thinks this is one of the most important recordings of Motian because it’s the first recording where his mature style first became apparent. Motian's next recording after that was not until 1967's 'Life Between The Exit Signs'.

Drummer Chuck Braman recently posted his transcriptions of Paul Motian's playing (for free!) on his website. He recently has made his book 'Drumming Patterns' -which is dedicated to Paul Motian-available by download.

Here are a couple of podcasts where I read from Braman's interviews with Paul Motian and play the music that they talk about:


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Escalator Over the Hill-Carla Bley

A slightly improved recording of a show first aired on June 6, 2014


Uncle Paul's Jazz Closet

Theme:
Escalator Over the Hill







"Anything not told, wasn't yet known."- Carla Bley


Escalator Over the Hill Players: Roswell Rudd, Perry Robinson, Gato Barbieri, Charlie Haden, Michael Mantler, Enrico Rava, Bob Carlisle, Sharon Freeman, Sam Burtis, Jimmy Knepper, Jack Jeffers, John Buckingham, Jimmy Lyons, Chris Woods, Bill Morimando, Roger Dawson, Paul Motian, Linda Ronstadt, John McLaughlin, Carla Bley, Howard Johnson, Peggy Imig, Nancy Newton, Richard Youngstein, Jack Bruce, Don Cherry, Leroy Jenkins, Calo Scott, Ron McClure, Sam Brown, Souren Baronian
Escalator Over the HillHotel Overture
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsOrchestra
FragmentsCloser
(Carla Bley)
1986ECMPaul Bley piano; John Surman saxophone; Bill Frisell guitar; Paul Motian drums
Tropic AppetitiesCaucasian Bird Riffles
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1974ECMGato Barbieri tenor sax; Carla Bley organ, piano, vocals, producer, engineer; Paul Haines − performer; Dave Holland − bass, cello; Howard Johnson − tuba, bass clarinet, baritone sax, soprano sax, vocals; Michael Mantler − trombone, trumpet, valve trombone, producer; Toni Marcus − violin, viola; Paul Motian − drums, percussion; Julie Tippetts − vocals; Karen Mantler - vocals
Escalator Over the HillGinger & David Theme
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsOrchestra
Escalator Over the HillWhy 
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsOrchestra
Escalator Over the HillIt’s Not What You Do
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsOriginal Hotel Amateur Band
Escalator Over the HillDetective Writer Daughter
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsOrchestra
Escalator Over the HillDr. Why
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsOrchestra
FragmentsSeven
(Carla Bley)
1986ECMPaul Bley piano; John Surman saxophone; Bill Frisell guitar; Paul Motian drums
2nd Hour
Into the WoodworkGrisley Business
(Steve Swallow)
2013
Xtra
Watt/
ECM
Steve Swallow bass guitar; Carla Bley organ; Steve Cardenas guitar; Chris Cheek tenor sax; Jorge Rossy drums
Escalator Over the HillA.I.R. (All India Radio)
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsDesert Band
Into the WoodworkInto the Woodwork
(Steve Swallow)
2013
Xtra
Watt/
ECM
Steve Swallow bass guitar; Carla Bley organ; Steve Cardenas guitar; Chris Cheek tenor sax; Jorge Rossy drums
Escalator Over the HillEnd of Rawalpindi
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsJack’sTraveling Band
Desert Band
Not In Our NameBlue Anthem
(Carla Bley)
2005
Universal Music FranceLiberation Music Orchestra: Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Michael Rodriguez, Seneca Black, Curtis Fowlkes, Arnee Sharon Freeman, Joe Daley, Miguel Zenon, Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby, Steve Cardenas, Matt Wilson
Escalator Over the HillRawalpindi Blues
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsJack’sTraveling Band
Desert Band
Escalator Over the HillEscalator Over the Hill
(Carla Bley/Paul Haines)
1971JCOA RecordsOrchestra
Hotel Lobby Band

Sunday, May 2, 2021

1977 Office Gig and Rehearsals

 



Unreleased recordings of the first Paul Motian Trio with Charles Brackeen and David Izenzon. The best office party music ever. Also, readings from Paul Motian's autobiography- Chapter 1- 1940
Part 1 above, Part 2 below.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Club Pilori 1980

 


A show from 06_05_17 featuring JF Jenny-Clarke, Charles Brackeen and Paul Motian at Club Pilori Ecaussines, Belgium June 16, 1980. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

03_18_21 Happy Birthday Bill Frisell

 Last years interview with Frisell in which I play some old rehearsal tapes he made with Paul Motian.