Friday, November 25, 2011

Paul Motian, 1931-2011

An anecdote from Thanksgiving morning serves as a testamonial to the music of Paul Motian. I played I Have the Room Above Her at high volume as members of my compound busily prepared a Thanksgiving meal. Aside from a couple comments concerning the "angry" playing of Joe Lovano, no one complained about listening to the free jazz trio of Motian, Lovano and Bill Frisell. Even people who prefer the likes of Adele and Willie Nelson recognized that Motian's music was both artful and compelling. Motian died Tuesday.

I interviewed Karrin Allyson at Plastic Sax.

Andrea True has died.

I have yet to make up my mind about the complicated hit album by Rhymes-with-snake.

My (re)discovery of the month: Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.

Kansas City Click: My official picks are published here.

(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)


Peter said...

I hate that Drake album. It's a snoozer.

If you're looking for a rapper/actor, I recommend "Camp" by Childish Gambino. It's got some nice thumpin' beats.

Happy In Bag said...

My life would be easier if I could unequivocally state that I hate D., but I just can't ignore his talent. I do like Childish Gambino, Peter. But tonight it's all about Ye and Jay.