Stephen Paul Motian was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer. Motian played an important role in freeing jazz drummers from strict time-keeping duties. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s in the piano trio of Bill Evans, and later was a regular in pianist Keith Jarrett's band for about a decade. Motian began his career as a bandleader in the early 1970s. Perhaps his two most notable groups were a longstanding trio of guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, and the Electric Bebop Band which featured the drummer working mostly with younger musicians doing interpretations of bebop standards.
|Birth name:||Stephen Paul Motian|
|Born:||Mar 25, 1931, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Origin:||Providence, Rhode Island|
|Died:||Nov 22, 2011, Manhattan, New York, U.S.|
|Genres:||Jazz, bebop, hard bop, post-bop, avant-garde jazz, free improvisation|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, composer, bandleader|
|Labels:||ECM, Soul Note, JMT, Winter & Winter|
|Associated acts:||Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro, Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Paul Bley, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Marc Johnson, Geri Allen, Enrico Pieranunzi, Masabumi Kikuchi, Chris Potter|
|IMDb:||Paul Motian's IMDb|
|Spotify:||Paul Motian's Spotify|
About Paul Motian
Jazz drummer and band leader who released an album called The Windmills of Your Mind. He played with the Bill Evans piano trio.
He attended Manhattan School of Music. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.
He performed in a swing band when he first learned how to play the drums.
He lived in New York until his death.
He performed with Thelonious Monk.
Information related to Paul Motian
- Black Saint/Soul Note artists
- ECM Records artists
- Avant-garde jazz musicians
- American jazz drummers
- Musicians from Philadelphia