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Brilliant Corners

Paul Motian

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March 25, 1931 - November 22, 2011


Paul Motian's "Electric Bebop Band" are featured in Brazil performing at the 2003 "Chivas Jazz Festival.

"Brilliant Corners", composed by Thelonious Monk.


Paul Motian, drum & leader
Jakob Bro, guitar
Steve Cardenas, guitar
Chris Cheeck, tenor sax
Anders Christensen, bass
Tony Malaby, sax

In his youth growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, Paul Motian was interest in the guitar initially before switching to drums when he was twelve.

Paul started playing professionally as a percussionist in 1954 at which time he would perform briefly with Thelonious Monk.

From 1959 until the mid-'60s he became highly acclaimed for his revolutionary work as a member of the trio of pianist Bill Evans.

This highly productive collaboration was followed in 1967 by a longer lasting nearly ten year stint with the "Keith Jarrett Trio."

Motian worked with a variety of musicians including Lee Konitz, Lennie Tristano, and folk singer Arlo Guthrie with whom he performed at Woodstock in 1969.

He began working as a bandleader during the mid-'70s, forgoing the use of piano in his groups in favor of multiple guitars.

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