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November 22, 2011 Options
The love of sound <•> Paul Motian <•> the sound of love
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Artist Selection Album    (Label / Recording date)
Theme Music:
James Brown 
Cold Sweat, pt. 1   Options b/w Cold Sweat, pt. 2
(King 1967)

Lee Konitz  317 E. 32nd St.   Options Live at the Half Note
(Verve 1959)
George Russell  Concerto for Billy the Kid   Options The Jazz Workshop
(RCA Victor 1956)
Paul Bley  Around Again   Options Turns
(Savoy 1967)

Talkover Music:
Thai Elephant Orchestra 
Heavy Logs   Options Thai Elephant Orchestra
(Mulatta Records 2000)

Bill Evans Trio  Stairway to the Stars   Options Moon Beams
(Riverside 1962)
Charlie Haden & Paul Motian  For a Free Portugal   Options Closeness
(Horizon 1972)
Keith Jarrett  Pre-Judgment Atmosphere   Options El Juicio
(Atlantic 1971)

Talkover Music:
Oliver Sain 
Night Time   Options St. Louis Breakdown:
The Best of Oliver Sain
(AVI 1970s)

Paul Motian  Conception Vessel   Options Conception Vessel
(ECM 1972)
Marilyn Crispell Trio  Cosmology 1   Options Storyteller
(ECM 2004)
Paul Motian (Vocal: Petra Haden)  I Remember You   Options The Windmills of Your Mind
(Winter & Winter 2010)
Paul Motian  Osmosis Part III   Options I Have the Room Above Her
(ECM 2005)

Closing Theme:
Specks Williams 
We Gave the Drummer Some   Options b/w Specks' Blues
(Jax 1960s)

Listener comments!

  5:38pm Artie:

Sad news. I'm sure the tribute will do him proud.
  5:40pm Doug Schulkind:

Good evening Artie. Thanks for coming.
  6:07pm Doug Schulkind:

Like Anthony Braxton, Paul especially loved the sax player Warne Marsh.
  6:10pm Carmichael:

Zoom ... made it back from a meeting! 20 minutes of quality music before my day is done and the discount beer flows!
  6:11pm Neil Michael:

Just picked up a set of drums for my son for Christmas.
Happy holidays & condolences for the passing of
a man who "freed the drummer from strict time- keeping
duties". May he rest in peace time.
  6:11pm Doug Schulkind:

Welcome back to the stream, Carmichael. The water has warmed up a wee bit.
  6:12pm Carmichael:

Now that I've read your e-mail, I'm sorry to hear of Mr. Motian's passing.
  6:14pm Carmichael:

And now that you've mentioned warm water and wee, please excuse me for a moment.
  6:17pm Doug Schulkind:

Hello Neil! I got my first drum set when I was 11. You are a wonderful (and courageous) parent. Have a peaceful Xmas.
  6:21pm Hugo:

Sad news, indeed. Saw him with Marilyn Crispell and Mark Helias at the Village Vanguard in 2008. That was the first and last time, alas. Elegant player. Quite appropriate to give the drummer an hour. Hopefully more drummers to come (while still alive). How about Louis M. (seen this year)?
  6:27pm Doug Schulkind:

I really detest doing memorial broadcasts. Am much happier paying tribute to my heroes as they live and breathe. The confluence of events made this program an imperative.
  6:31pm Carmichael:

This is beautiful stuff. I never knew he was the drummer.
  6:32pm Doug Schulkind:

Motian may have been the most understated legendary drummer of all time.He had little interest in drum soloing.
  6:35pm Doug Schulkind:

This song incorporates the sounds of gunfire from Frelimo fighters during the liberation struggle in Mozambique. Charlie Haden performed this piece in Portugal (the colonizer of Mozambique, Angola and Guinea-Bissau) in 1971 and was put in jail there for a short spell as the result.
  6:39pm Richard:

"Motian was . . . like the oxygen in the blood of the music" -- nicely put.
  6:46pm glenn:

if only all drummers would follow his (non soloing) lead.
  6:47pm Doug Schulkind:

Ah Glenn, but it takes all those drum solos for us to truly appreciate the absence of them. A paradox!
  6:49pm glenn:

sorry. i hate drum solos. and bass guitar solos, too, although i like standup bass solos.
  6:52pm Doug Schulkind:

Glenn, freeform means never having to say you're sorry.
  6:54pm glenn:

for that matter, guitar solos of much more than about 8 bars bore me too. put all that together, and that's why i say led zeppelin was a horrible live band.
  6:54pm Doug Schulkind:

This show is going till about 7:10. Sorry, I refuse to pull anything out of the queue.
  6:55pm Hugo:

Paul M and Louis M both have collaborated a lot with pianists. Wonder why? Some sort of affinity there?
  6:56pm Doug Schulkind:

Interesting observation, Hugo. One imagines it is the pianists who are clamoring to have their conscientious accompaniment.
  7:00pm Doug Schulkind:

Charlie Haden's daughter, Petra, singing here with Paul M.
  7:01pm mark:

Nice touch to end with and nice show! I'll continue my remembrance by dusting on some vinyl.
  7:01pm Neil Michael:

freeing the drummer from strict time...rhythm: the equal division of time?
  7:02pm Doug Schulkind:

I've got one more number I've just GOT to play. Just beautiful.
  7:05pm Doug Schulkind:

Neil, counterintuitively freeing "time" from its own arbitrary shackles.
  7:11pm paulapc:

Doug, THANK YOU so much for this just seemed like he would play forever...incredible picks today.
  7:13pm Doug Schulkind:

My honor and pleasure, paulapc. It did seem like he would play forever. I will do my part to help make that true...
  7:47pm Mitten John:

A lovely remembrance, Mr. Drummer. I recall another legendary drummer/broadcaster years, and years ago remarking on what a pleasant and easy-going fellow he found Mr. Motian. Sad news.
  4:13am Helena:

An amazing artist and beautiful man.....such a loss.....
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