We’re fortunate that the innovative drumming of the late jazz legend Paul Motian was so well documented on video.
We plumbed the depths of YouTube and assembled the following selection of performances from various points in Motian’s storied career, featuring a handful of musicians with whom he became closely associated.
Paul Motian performing with the Keith Jarrett Trio, featuring Charlie Haden on bass, at the Hamburg Funkhaus, Germany, on June 14, 1972
Paul Motian Trio with Joe Lovano on tenor and Bill Frisell on guitar at the Village Vanguard on September 19, 2005
Paul Motian at Birdland in New York City in 2002 with The Electric Be Bop Band featuring Chris Cheek, and Tony Malaby on saxophone, Steve Cardenas and Ben Monder on electric guitar, and Jerome Harris on bass.
Paul Motian playing “Lullaby” with pianist Anat Fort and basist Gary Wang at the Rubin Museum in New York City in November 2008.
Paul Motian playing at the 1995 Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy with Marc Johnson on bass, Lee Konitz on alto sax, Joe Lovano on tenor sax, and Bill Frisell on guitar.
Paul Motian performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland in 1995 with Lee Konitz on alto, Joe Lovano on tenor, Marc Johnson on bass, and Bill Frisell on guitar.