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Garden of Eden [Paul Motian]

  • 1. Pithecanthropus Erectus
    2. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
    3. Etude
    4. Mesmer
    5. Mumbo Jumbo
    6. Desert Dream
    7. Balata
    8. Bill
    9. Endless
    10. Prelude 2 Narcissus
    11. Garden of Eden
    12. Manhattan Melodrama
    13. Evidence
    14. Cheryl
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1917

  • Credits
    ProducerManfred Eicher; Manfred Eicher
    EngineerJames Farber; James Farber

    Paul Motian: Paul Motian; Steve Cardenas, Ben Monder, Jacob Bro (electric guitar); Jerome Harris (bass instrument); Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby.
    Personnel: Paul Motian (drums); Jakob Bro, Steve Cardenas, Ben Monder (guitar); Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby (saxophone).
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (11/2004).
    Photographer: Robert "RX Lord" Lewis.
    The follow-up to I HAVE THE ROOM ABOVE HER, Paul Motian's lauded collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, 2006's GARDEN OF EDEN finds the veteran jazz drummer leading a much larger ensemble through a remarkable set. As with the previous outing, Motian presents inventive covers of tunes by Jerome Kern (a light, gentle take on "Bill") and Thelonious Monk (the shuffling rendition of "Evidence"), but that's where obvious similarities between the two albums end. GARDEN features the unusual lineup of three guitarists, two saxophonists, and a bassist, all intuitively led by Motian's dynamic and dexterous rhythms. A graceful version of Charles Mingus's "Pithecanthropus Erectus" and the dreamy original "Etude" are but two highlights of this unique album, which reinforces Motian's status as one of the most vital figures in early 21st-century jazz.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With flotation devices that seem to hang in mid-air, Motian's drumming and arranging style brings new meaning to the musical term rubato."
    JazzTimes (p.122) - "[T]he performances are propelled by simple, folklike melodies....As tenor saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby lay down synchronous -- and vaguely accordion-toned -- lines, the rest of the music seems to float and drift behind them."
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