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At the Village Vanguard
Paul Motian
At the Village Vanguard
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
 
"The [Paul Motian] Trio floats on air and light, then masterfully decimates the calm with textural cannon fire. The steel girding can always be felt beneath the feather bed of this wonderful band." - ROLLING STONE On six...  more »

      
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All Artists: Paul Motian
Title: At the Village Vanguard
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Winter & Winter
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 10/11/2005
Album Type: Import
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025091908028

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"The [Paul Motian] Trio floats on air and light, then masterfully decimates the calm with textural cannon fire. The steel girding can always be felt beneath the feather bed of this wonderful band." - ROLLING STONE On six evenings in June 1995, the Paul Motian Trio met at the famous New York jazz club The Village Vanguard to present highly intensive and musical performances!

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G B | Connecticut | 05/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the first of two Live at the Village Vanguard albums from the Paul Motian trio. Recorded in June 1995, it consists mostly of Motian originals, all 6 of which were first recorded in the 70s or 80s. The lone standard of the set is a beautiful interpretation of the ballad "You Took the Words Right Out of My Heart".

Unlike its sister disc, Sound of Love, the sound on this one is much more oriented toward free jazz. Bill Frisell also leans into that screaming, distorted sound more frequently. The performances range from the beautiful, melancholy "Folk Song for Rosie" to the uninhibited, intense skronk of "The Sunflower". "Yahllah" (first recorded with Keith Jarrett in 1976) is given a brilliant, loose performance. Motian breaks into straight-ahead swing during Lovano's solo, as well as on several other numbers in this set. Other highlights are "Abacus" and the humorous "Owl of Cranston".

Overall this isn't the trio's best album for JMT/W&W, but it's well worth picking up if you are a fan."