Originally Posted by jkelman
My review of ECM's new Paul Motian
box, today at All About Jazz.
The six-CD box collects the late drummer's first six releases as a leader for the label: Conception Vessel
(1978), Le Voyage
(1982) and It Should've Happened a Long Time Ago
The six albums can really be grouped into sets of three: Conception
being largely predicated on the core trio of Charlie Haden and much-overlooked guitarist Sam Brown (but with additional players on each), with Tribute
being an overlooked gem; Dance
and Le Voyage
being saxophone trios; and the quintet recording Psalm
and trio set It Should've
introducing the core trio with Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell that would continue to the drummer's passing in November, 2011.
Some long out of print, others available, at this budget price and for those who don't have all of these remarkable recordings, now's the time!
It's a great set. Motian was consistently very good / excellent across ECM, Soul Note, and JMT/W&W. Invariably the problem I have with these boxes is that I'm missing only one of the discs on CD, making a purchase a hard decision.
Still waiting for ECM to release an Abercrombie Quartet Box
... and Five Years Later for that matter.