Paul Motian - Lost In A Dream (4 stars)

Paul Motian - Lost In A Dream

(ECM Records)

Drummer Paul Motian has had a long and productive association with ECM that goes back almost to the inception of the label in the early 70s, and although the near-octogenarian no longer tours, he still performs in New York, where this outing in his patented style was recorded at the Village Vanguard. This successor to his trio with Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell features pianist Jason Moran and saxophonist Chris Potter, both in a more restrained setting than we are used to hearing.

Motian’s drumming remains instantly identifiable, a delicate lattice-work of melodic fragments, subtle touches of percussive colour and fluid rhythmic nuances. His collaborators respond in equally thoughtful and intricate fashion, and if the pace, dynamics and level of abstraction will be a little too deliberate for some tastes, the creativity and musicianship are impeccable. A gracious take on Irving Berlin’s ‘Be Careful It’s My Heart’ is the only non-original among the ten tracks.

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