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Paul Motian (left) and Joe Lovano, on stage at the Village Vanguard.
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Concerts

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."

January 19, 2012 The late Paul Motian plays drums on this set from the Village Vanguard, his favorite room.

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The Mark Turner quartet at the Village Vanguard. L-R: David Virelles, Turner, Ben Street, Paul Motian.

June 21, 2011 He's likely the most influential saxophonist of his generation. Hear a recording of a live concert.

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Bill McHenry

June 8, 2009 Many recognize the tenor saxophonist as one of the most distinctly original voices of his time.

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Paul Motian and Joe Lovano

September 3, 2008 All three towering figures of modern jazz have played together for more than 25 years.

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Interviews & Profiles

August 5, 2006 His career and long ties to the New York club the Village Vanguard are worth celebrating.

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March 13, 2006 Drummer Paul Motian has spent more than 50 years in music, working with jazz luminaries.

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Discover Songs

January 25, 2006 Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis; Gorgeous odds and ends from Hem; Former Byrds singer Roger McGuin...

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News

Explore NPR Music's interactive memorial to the musicians, songwriters and producers who died in 2011.

December 30, 2011 Listening back to some of the musicians we lost in 2011.

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Reviews

Left to right: Masabumi Kikuchi, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian.

May 29, 2012 Masabumi Kikuchi's fully improvised album Sunrise features late, like-minded drummer Paul Motian.

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Paul Motian

April 8, 2010 Kevin Whitehead reviews two recent albums from the self-effacing jazz percussionist.

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More Stories

Paul Motian, performing live at the Village Vanguard.

November 22, 2011 The colorful drummer and composer was known for his deep internal sense of swing. He was 80.

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Paul Motian at the Village Vanguard in May 2011, on a night he performed with saxophonist Mark Turner.

November 23, 2011 "At first, I went to some of his gigs," writes one photographer. "Then it became all of his gigs."

April 15, 2010 Outtakes from the great drummer, told — where else? — about the Village Vanguard.

February 24, 2010 Here's some new music from a club regular. Lost In A Dream, with Chris Potter and Jason Moran, i...

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Not every Monk cover is made equal.

October 6, 2008 Too many dishonor Thelonious Monk with wrongheaded covers. But a few manage to keep Monk weird.

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Lost In a Dream

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  • Album: Lost In a Dream
  • Artist: Paul Motian Trio
  • Label: ECM Records
  • Released: 2010
 

On Broadway, Vol. 5

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  • Album: On Broadway, Vol. 5
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  • Label: Winter
  • Released: 2009
 

Garden of Eden

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  • Released: 2006
 

I Have the Room Above Her

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  • Album: I Have the Room Above Her
  • Artist: Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano
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Time and Time Again

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  • Album: Time and Time Again
  • Artist: Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano
  • Label: ECM
  • Released: 2007