May 18, 2024

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CD review: Joe Lovano – On Once Around The Room a tribute to Paul Motian – 2023: Video, CD cover

On Once Around The Room ECM recording artists and key jazz musicians from several generations unite in a small ensemble to celebrate the musical legacy of drum icon Paul Motian in a big way.

Joe Lovano and Jakob Bro lead a party of seven through fiery originals that recall the idioms and idiosyncrasies which Motian brought to light over six influential decades behind the drums.

Lovano and Motian had been intimate colleagues for many years with their most notable collaboration being the groundbreaking trio featuring Bill Frisell – the lineup released three albums on ECM.

Jakob Bro on the other hand made his ECM debut on Paul’s album Garden of Eden (2006). Here, compositions by Joe and Jakob appear alongside a collective improvisation and Motian’s own “Drum Music”, seamlessly tied together and developed by an accomplished musical collective with stalwarts Larry Grenadier, Thomas Morgan and Anders Christensen respectively on bass as well as drummers Joey Baron and Jorge Rossy.

Joe Lovano – Tenor Saxophone, Tarogato
Larry Grenadier – Double Bass
Thomas Morgan – Double Bass
Jakob Bro – Guitar
Anders Christensen – Bass Guitar
Joey Baron – Drums
Jorge Rossy – Drums

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