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Paul Motian

dr, 1931-2011 US, Philadelphia
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Stephen Paul Motian

Stephen Paul Motian (March 25, 1931 – November 22, 2011) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist and composer of Armenian descent.He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later led several groups. Motian played an important role in freeing jazz drummers from strict time-keeping duties.

  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Steel drums
  • Jazz
  • Soundtrack
  • Folk
Popular Tracks   
Blue In Green (Take 3) on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
Autumn Leaves on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
When I Fall In Love on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
Come Rain Or Come Shine (Take 5) on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
Spring Is Here on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
Blue In Green (Take 2) on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
Someday My Prince Will Come on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
Witch Craft on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans
Send In The Clowns on Goodbye by Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin & Paul Motian
Peri's Scope on Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection] by Bill Evans

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Title Artist Year Type
Drum MusicPaul Motian2016Compil.
Standards Plus OnePaul Motian With Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Charlie Haden2015Compil.
Hamburg '72Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden / Paul Motian2014Album
Live At The Village VanguardEnrico Pieranunzi With Marc Johnson, Paul Motian2013Album
Complete RecordingsThe Bill Evans Trio With Chuck Israels & Paul Motian2013Compil.
Paul MotianPaul Motian2013Album
Further ExplorationsChick Corea, Eddie Gomez, Paul Motian2012Album
On Broadway Vol. 1,2,3,4,5Paul Motian2012Compil.
Live At BirdlandLee Konitz / Brad Mehldau / Charlie Haden / Paul Motian2011Album
The Windmills Of Your MindPaul Motian, Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan, Petra Haden2011Album
The Windmills Of Your MindPaul Motian2011Album
Owls TalkAlexandra Grimal / Lee Konitz / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian2010Album
Lost In A DreamPaul Motian, Chris Potter, Jason Moran2010Album
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul NotePaul Motian2010Album
Dear SomeoneAnders Christensen Trio Featuring Aaron Parks, Paul Motian2009Album
DinoJakob Dinesen, Anders Christensen, Paul Motian, Mads Hyhne, Kasper Tranberg2008Album
Live In Hamburg 1972Keith Jarrett Trio With Charlie Haden & Paul Motian2008Album
Live At The Half NoteBill Evans, Warne Marsh, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Garrison2008Compil.
Time And Time AgainPaul Motian2007Album
Voices - New York Trio Recordings Vol. 2Marc Copland with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian2007Album
Two Miles A DayJacob Sacks / Eivind Opsvik / Mat Maneri / Paul Motian2007Album
Your Songs - The Music Of Elton JohnPietro Tonolo, Gil Goldstein, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian2007Album
Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul MotianBill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian2006Album
GoodbyeBobo Stenson / Anders Jormin / Paul Motian2005Album
I Have The Room Above HerPaul Motian2005Album
Selected RecordingsPaul Motian2004Compil.
DoorwaysEnrico Pieranunzi, Paul Motian2004Album
As It GrowsRuss Lossing, Ed Schuller, Paul Motian2004Album
Fellini JazzKenny Wheeler, Chris Potter, Enrico Pieranunzi, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian2003Album
Holiday For StringsPaul Motian And The Electric Bebop Band2002Album
EuropePaul Motian And The Electric Bebop Band2001Album
Intérieur NuitStephan Oliva / Bruno Chevillon / Paul Motian2001Album
AmaryllisMarilyn Crispell / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian2001Album
Fantasm - The Music Of Paul MotianStephan Oliva, Bruno Chevillon, Paul Motian2000Album
Not Two, Not OnePaul Bley / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian1999Album
Monk & PowellPaul Motian1999Album
Three GuysLee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian1999Album
The Montréal TapesCharlie Haden, Geri Allen, Paul Motian1998Album
The Montréal TapesCharlie Haden, Paul Motian, Gonzalo Rubalcaba1998Album
Flight Of The Blue JayPaul Motian And The Electric Bebop Band1997Album
Paul Motian (New York)Paul Motian1997Compil.
Takiya ! Tokaya !Jean-Marc Padovani & Jean-Marie Machado, Paul Motian, J.-F. Jenny-Clark1997Album
Nothing Ever Was, Anyway. Music Of Annette PeacockMarilyn Crispell / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian1997Album
Flux And ChangeEnrico Pieranunzi / Paul Motian1995Album
Play Kurt WeillTethered Moon - Masabumi Kikuchi, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian1995Album
The Montreal TapesCharlie Haden With Paul Bley And Paul Motian1994Album
Reincarnation Of A Love BirdPaul Motian And The Electric Bebop Band1994Album
At The Deer Head InnKeith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian1994Album
Untold StoryEnrico Pieranunzi - Marc Johnson - Paul Motian1994Album
Paul Motian And The Electric Bebop BandPaul Motian And The Electric Bebop Band1993Album
Muthspiel • Peacock • Muthspiel • MotianChristian Muthspiel • Gary Peacock • Wolfgang Muthspiel • Paul Motian1993Album
MemoirsPaul Bley, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian1992Album
Paul Motian On Broadway, Vol. IIIPaul Motian1992Album
Live At The Village VanguardGeri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian1991Album
Motian In TokyoBill Frisell And Joe Lovano With Paul Motian1991Album
Bill EvansPaul Motian1990Album
Paul Motian On Broadway - Vol.2Paul Motian1990Album
In The Year Of The DragonGeri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian1989Album
SegmentsGeri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian1989Album
Paul Motian On Broadway - Vol. 1Paul Motian1989Album
Circle The LinePaul Motian / Ed Schuller / Arto Tuncboyaciyan / Simon Nabatov1988Album
NotesPaul Bley / Paul Motian1988Album
Monk In MotianPaul Motian1988Album
The Paul Bley QuartetPaul Bley Quartet w/ John Surman, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian1988Album
EtudesCharlie Haden / Paul Motian Feat. Geri Allen1988Album
Sung HeroesTony Scott Featuring: Bill Evans / Scott LaFaro / Paul Motian1986Album
The Story Of MaryamPaul Motian1984Album
The Ballad Of The FallenCharlie Haden, Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Sharon Freeman, Mick Goodrick, Jack Jeffers, Michael Mantler, Paul Motian, Jim Pepper, Dewey Redman, Steve Slagle, Gary Valente1983Album
UnexpectedKenny Davern, Steve Lacy, Steve Swallow, Paul Motian1978Album
TributePaul Motian1975Album
Turning PointPaul Bley / John Gilmore / Paul Motian / Gary Peacock1975Album
Conception VesselPaul Motian1973Album
Waltz For DebbyThe Bill Evans Trio With Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian1961Album
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