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In Motian (RIP Paul Motian)

Jon Wertheim
Contributing Writer
jon.wertheim@gmail.com / @rtbjazz

Paul Motian, who died yesterday at the age of eighty, was the first jazz drummer I ever heard, on Bill Evans' Sunday At The Village Vanguard. I never tried to incorporate his style into my own as a drummer - it was too personal, too close to his own personality and history for me to try to emulate. Now, I'm glad I chose the way I did. Hindsight would have only made me cringe at how badly I would have approximated one of drumming's greatest artists.