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Lost In A Dream [CD]

Paul Motian Audio CD
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Paul Motian convened this trio for a special project at New York’s Village Vanguard in February 2009. From a week of concert recordings, Motian and producer Manfred Eicher subsequently selected the material presented on Lost In A Dream. The album puts an emphasis on balladry, using ballads as vehicles for profound soloing and group playing. In these touching performances of Paul’s ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Motian Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0035F0MSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mode VI
2. Casino
3. Lost In A Dream
4. Blue Midnight
5. Be Careful It's My Heart
6. Birdsong
7. Ten
8. Drum Music
9. Abacus
10. Cathedral Song

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Once in a while, a jazz recording seems to announce itself as a "classic" from the first moment. 'Lost in a Dream' is one such album. It documents the birth of a great new project, captured live at New York's celebrated Village Vanguard, with repertoire emphasizing master drummer Paul Motian's wonderful ballad writing.

New Motian tunes are juxtaposed with "Birdsong" (from 'Tati') and "Drum Music" and "Abacus" (first heard on Paul's now legendary album 'Le Voyage'). A free exploration of Irving Berlin's "Be Careful It's My Heart" completes a programme distinguished by gloriously supple playing from all three participants who are in tune at a high level. Or, as the New York Times noted, reviewing the concerts from which this album was drawn: "The accumulated wisdom within the band was clear." In the album's flowing ballads Motian, who remains the most unpredictable of drummers, is as much a sound painter as a time-keeper. There is a lot of space in the music, used brilliantly by all three players.

Motian (born 1931) is heard here with two great musicians half his age: saxophonist Potter (born 1971), and pianist Moran (born 1975). Chris Potter and Paul Motian have plenty of history together. Potter was a charter member of the drummer's Electric Bebop Band when barely out of his teens and has been strongly influenced by Paul. Potter and Moran have played together with Dave Holland's groups, but Moran and Motian is a new and immediately arresting combination.

Personnel: Paul Motian (drums), Chris Potter (tenor saxophone), Jason Moran (piano)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By A. Zona
Format:Audio CD
I find this CD from the latest Motian bassless trio really great. Lyrical and beautiful compositions, 9 penned by Motian and one by Irving Berlin. A quieter-than-usual Moran on piano and an always great Motian on drums constitute the foundation of this trio. And its really high pillar is definitely Potter on tenor sax. He goes from ethereal and suspended playing to fierce solos showcasing its great technique, maturity, and sense of harmony. The key goal is never missed by the trio: making truly enjoyable, entertaining and stimulating music. A work to listen to again and again. Recording quality is impeccable as usual from ECM, you wouldn't say it is a live recording till you hear the clapping hands at the end of each track. Just one complaint: "only" 57 minutes of music, I wish there were more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Sep 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Paul Motian convened this trio for a week's residency at New York's Village Vanguard for a special project in February 2009 in front of a live audience. This disc was selected from the week's recording. This is a strongly lyrical and emotionally compelling album with the emphasis on balladry as vehicles for the soloing and group playing. The ballad format is often in free form delivered with dramatic impact. There is a mixture of old and new numbers. 'Birdsong', 'Cathedral Song', 'Dream Music' and 'Abacus will be familiar to followers of Motian who keeps an 'adagio' control on proceedings without being obtrusive on his fellow players.

Pianist Jason Moran has a splintered Monkish approach to proceedings that fits in well with Motian's suppleness. He imparts an economic space for Potter, in particular, to take over. If there is a star it is Chris Potter. The piano and drums are subtle to allow him the freedom to take the tenor saxophone to whatever plane he wishes. He is at his formidable best. 'Lost In A Dream' is quite staggering in its strength, emotional conviction and melodic interpretation of Motian's work. His authority is forthright particularly in the upper register. Also his artistry of mastering the ballad 'Cathedral Song' is exquisite.

Irving Berlin's 'Be Careful It's My Heart' is beautifully interpreted with Potter again leading it into a different configuration. 'Ten', 'Dream Music' and 'Abacus' are free-flowing exchanges between the musicians. Much can be said of Paul Motian. Apart from writing nine of the numbers his instrumental contribution is subtle and structured guiding the soloists with his economical understanding of his role and contribution (more forceful on 'Drumbeat' and 'Abacus'). A sublime collection by a trio at the peak of their powers playing with an innate sense of belonging together. Marvellous music that will last numerous hearings and years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Higher Level 21 Jan 2013
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It's easy to run out of superlatives when discussing musicians of this calibre, so perhaps it's enough to say that in February 2009 the patrons of The Village Vanguard were treated to a performance by these three men of typical sensitivity and brilliance.
This is no blowing session, there's no soul-groove here~ the music moves through it's sound-world with a mature elegance and majesty. But it is never cerebral, rather at times it is intensely emotional, but emotion expressed with economy and a complete absence of self-indulgence. All but one of the ten pieces are Paul Motian's own compositions, and under his presiding genius both Moran and Potter excel again and again. For me, "Casino" is one particular high point, although there are many. "Blue Midnight" is another, and on "Birdsong" Potter is a revelation.
This is music-making on a higher level. 5 stars is not enough.
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