The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note

The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note

by Paul Motian


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The Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint and Soul Note

Between 1983 and 1992, drummer and composer Paul Motian recorded six albums as a leader for the Soul Note label. Three of them (The Story of Maryam, Jack of Clubs, and Misterioso) featured a quintet that included saxophonists Joe Lovano and Jim Pepper, guitarist Bill Frisell, and bassist Ed Schuller; two were duo albums with pianists, one (Notes) with Paul Bley and the other (Flux and Change) with Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi (not Bley, as erroneously indicated on the back of this box set). The sixth, One Time Out, was a trio album with Frisell and Lovano. This nicely priced box brings together all six albums, each of them in a cardboard sleeve that duplicates the original LP packaging. This approach renders the sleeve notes rather hard to read, but it also nicely defines the context of each album and makes each one's individual identity clear, which is a plus. While Motian's love of the music of Thelonious Monk is clear -- Monk compositions are scattered throughout many of these albums -- most of the compositions are Motian originals, and they tend to be rather abstract; Frisell's guitar veers from free-and-skronky to ethereally lovely at a moment's notice, as do Lovano and Pepper on the quintet outings. His duo album with Pieranunzi follows a suite format, each of the three suites comprised of a mixture of standards and what appear to be largely improvised originals; the lovely but demanding duo album with Bley is more formally structured and consists mostly of Bley compositions along with a smattering of Motian tunes and Carla Bley's "Batterie." The trio album is perhaps the gentlest of the six, though it has its challenging moments as well (particularly on the rather forbidding "Morpion"). But every one of these albums is well worth hearing, and at a package price of roughly $7.00 per disc, the box set is a treasure trove for fans of Motian, Frisell, or Lovano.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2011
Label: Black Saint
UPC: 8024709114228
catalogNumber: 1008
Rank: 149846

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Motian   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums
Paul Bley   Piano
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Pepper   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Enrico Pieranunzi   Piano
Ed Schuller   Bass
Bill Frisell   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Carla Bley   Composer
Paul Bley   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Eddie Harris   Composer
Eddie Jefferson   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Enrico Pieranunzi   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Giancarlo Barigozzi   Engineer
Giovanni Bonandrini   Producer
Gennaro Carone   Engineer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Paul Motian   Composer,Back Cover Photo
Charlie Parker   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Howard Mandel   Liner Notes
Lee Jeske   Liner Notes
W. Royal Stokes   Liner Notes
Giuliano Crivelli   Cover Art
Niridan   Cover Art
Carol Goss   Cover Painting
Mitchell Seidel   Cover Photo
Frank Churchill   Composer
Isio Saba   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Larry Morey   Composer
Babur Atilla   Back Cover Photo
Jean-Paul Brun   Cover Photo
Lew Pollock   Composer
Erno Ropee   Composer
Susan Woldman   Cover Painting
Stefano Marotta   Cover Design

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