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Jazz - Released January 24, 2005 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 2, 2007 | ECM

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Jazz - Released November 4, 2008 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 19, 2010 | ECM

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Jazz - Released November 9, 2018 | ECM

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Jazz - Released November 1, 1993 | ECM

This effort by drummer Paul Motian does not say who the "tribute" is for. Two numbers (the leader's "Victoria" and Charlie Haden's "Song for Ché") feature the trio of guitarist Sam Brown (an underrated player), bassist Charlie Haden, and Motian; the remaining three songs (a pair of Motian originals and Ornette Coleman's "War Orphans") add the second guitar of Paul Metzke and the fiery alto of Carlos Ward. Fine post-bop music that contains more energy than many ECM recordings. ~ Scott Yanow

Jazz - Released December 31, 1989 | Soul Note

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The key to this unusual trio is not the muscular tenor of Joe Lovano or the propulsive timekeeping of the drummer/leader but the remarkable guitarist Bill Frisell. Able to somehow produce sounds from this guitar that could be mistaken for a keyboard or a steel guitar, in styles ranging from heavy metal and avant-garde jazz to country music, Frisell is the reason that the trio can sound like a full band despite not having a keyboardist or a bassist. The music, which includes seven Motian originals along with "Monk's Mood" and "If You Could See Me Now," features both intense three-way free improvisations and introspective spacey ballads. Few of the tunes themselves will stick in one's mind (although "Morpion" could be an imaginary meeting betwee 1966 John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix) but it is the basic sound of the unique group that makes the CD of great interest. ~ Scott Yanow

Jazz - Released December 31, 1987 | Soul Note

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Jazz - Released December 31, 1984 | Soul Note

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Jazz - Released January 26, 2004 | ECM

Jazz - Released December 31, 1985 | Soul Note

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Starting in the early '80s, drummer Paul Motian led a series of fascinating bands, usually pianoless and featuring the highly original guitarist Bill Frisell. For this outing, Motian and Frisell are teamed with the tenors of Jim Pepper and Joe Lovano plus bassist Ed Schuller. The drummer's seven originals feature lots of variety in moods, ranging from witty to introspective and showcasing the colorful players at their best. Frisell (who is featured on "Lament") in particular sounds perfectly at home with Motian's group. ~ Scott Yanow
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Pop - Released May 1, 2009 | Winter and Winter

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Jazz - Released March 23, 2009 | Stunt Records

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