National Public Radio’s Fresh Air last night rebroadcast Terry Gross’s 2006 interview with drummer Paul Motian, who died on November 22. Motian’s conversation was like much of his drumminglow-key, definite and often surprising. Here is some of what he said.
I’m not a showpiece drummer. … I feel like I’m an accompanist. It’s my sort of thing to make the other people sound good, as good as they can be. I feel like I should accompany them, and I should accompany the sound that I am hearing and make it the best that I can — that I can do.
To listen to the broadcast, go to the Fresh Air archive.
For the Rifftides remembrance of Motian, go here.