Paul Motian Memorial Broadcast

This just in: WKCR, the radio station of Columbia University in New York City, will broadcast 24 hours of Paul Motian's music beginning at midnight tonight (EST). The station is at 89.9 on the FM dial and streams at this site on the internet. To hear it, click under "Live Broadcast" in the upper right corner of the page. … [Read more...]

Paul Motian, 1931-2011

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It was never my intention that Rifftides be a vehicle for so much bad news, but the losses keep mounting. When a musician of Paul Motian’s importance dies, we must take notice. The great drummer succumbed to a bone marrow ailment early this morning in a New York hospital. He was 80. Motian and pianist Bill Evans were colleagues from their days together in the Jerry Wald band in the mid-1950 and later in clarinetist Tony Scott’s quartet. When Evans formed a trio that would turn out to … [Read more...]