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Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

Masabumi Kikuchi's fully improvised album Sunrise features late, like-minded drummer Paul Motian.

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Mark Turner (left) told JazzSet, "I consider myself an economical player, not at the top of my voice on every song no matter what, and Paul [Motian] is like that." John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Concerts

Mark Turner Quartet On JazzSet

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The late Paul Motian plays drums on this set from the Village Vanguard, his favorite room.

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The Record

The Music They Left Behind

Morning Edition and NPR Music look back at some of the musicians who died in 2011, including Amy Winehouse, Paul Motian, Cesaria Evora, Clarence Clemons and more.

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Paul Motian at the Village Vanguard in May 2011, on a night he performed with saxophonist Mark Turner. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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A Blog Supreme

Remembering Paul Motian, Singular Jazz Drummer

The colorful drummer and composer was known for his deep internal sense of swing. He was 80.

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The Mark Turner quartet at the Village Vanguard. L-R: David Virelles, Turner, Ben Street, Paul Motian. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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Paul Motian sometimes traces a thin watercolor line of rhythm through the heart of a performance, as if he could only play his drums one at a time. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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