Revered for his subtle touch and coloristic approach, the post-bop drummer Paul Motian passed away this morning in New York City Hospital at 4:52 a.m. He was 80 years old. The cause of his death has not been disclosed, although Motian has reportedly battled cancer in recent years. His contributions to the drumming vocabulary were many, as the breadth of his recorded archive will prove for generations to come. He will be missed.