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Motian, Paul / Garden Of Eden
Album:Garden Of Eden Collection:Jazz
Artist:Motian, Paul Added:02/2006
Label:Ecm Records 

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Add Date:2006-03-19 Pull Date:2006-05-21 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:21 May9 Apr2 Apr26 Mar
Airplays:1112

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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-03-15 
Subtle, floaty jazz from a sizable band: 2 saxes, THREE guitars, bass, and legend Motian on drums. Very nice stuff, pretty and relaxed, with pieces that harken back to classic '50s and '60s writing, with that ECM floaty freedom all around. Dreamy/floaty guitars match up with burly sax lines; even at slow tempos, the saxes are like a wake-up buzzer sometimes (see 9).

Motian turns 75 on 3/25/06. Here's how cool he is: He makes a full-time living at jazz even though he refuses to travel! Anybody wanting him on their CD -- and quite a few ECM artists do -- has to come to *him* in New York.

1- Soft swing, criss-crossing sax lines
2- Slowish, bluesy, smoky, dreamy. Heavy on the melody.
3- Dreamy mid/slow, exotic "world" feel
4- Breezy soft bop, Calypso
5- Gentle but burly theme, midtempo. Rock-like guitar solo
6- Creeping theme, slowish
7- Midtempo, happy theme
8- Soft, peaceful
9- Dragging tempo, into weird dreamy solos
10- Slow early-morning feel
11- Slow, lingering, delicate; a bit haunting
12- Brisk, warm. Upbeat but floating.

Track Listing
1.Pithecanthropus Erectus 8.Bill
2.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 9.Endless
3.Etude 10.Prelude 2 Narcissus
4.Mesmer 11.Garden Of Eden
5.Mumbo Jumbo 12.Manhattan Melodrama
6.Desert Dream 13.Evidence
7.Balata 14.Cheryl