I had never seen footage of Paul Motion playing with Bill Evans before (which doesn’t mean there isn’t any, I’m far from systematic about watching jazz videos). But it’s wonderful to see him, here with Chuck Israels in April of 1962. Perhaps this is the earliest substantial footage of Evans? The sound and picture quality isn’t great, but it’s 26 minutes of “averagely great”playing, if you will. It’s just cool to see Motion at this point, on brushes throughout, and to be grateful that he’s still making such vital music almost fifty years later. They play Nardis, Blue In Green, In Your Own Sweet Way (Israels and Motion working it here), Time Remembered, Re: Person I Knew, Waltz for Debby (oh man, Motion is swinging!), and a teensy bit of Five.
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- May 5, 2018 8:30 pmActual Trio at Bird and Beckett