Paul Motian: Conception Vessel (ECM)

 |   |  <1 min read

Paul Motian and Keith Jarrett: Conception Vessel
Paul Motian: Conception Vessel (ECM)

Another in the mid-price reissue of early albums on the ECM label, this one from 1973 under drummer Paul Motian's name is an oddity in the ECM catalogue: unlike virtually every other album on the imprint where stable groups or studio-arranged line-ups present a cohesive music, this one has only Motian as the constant.

And it is almost a primer into free jazz as it opens with a quite lovely trio piece (Motian with bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Sam Brown) then moves through increasingly fragmenting material (notably the title track which is a Motian duet with pianist Keith Jarrett) and ending with Inspiration From a Vietnamese Lullaby which has Motian and Haden with flute player Becky Friend and violinist Leroy Jenkins who shot to prominence with the challenging free jazz outfit of the early 70s, the Revolutionary Ensemble.

For many this won't be an easy journey (the two duets with Jarrett find him audibly arm-wrestling with his elusive muse and locating his inner Cecil Taylor) but as baby-steps into the challenges and rewards of a more free style of jazz it is certainly accessible enough for those willing to strap on some courage.

Those who have already made the journey will find most interest in the Jarrett and Jenkins material, and probably consider the rest pretty tame. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Lyle Lovett: Natural Forces (Curb)

Lyle Lovett: Natural Forces (Curb)

With this fine country/alt.country singer-songwriter due to play in New Zealand soon, with Kasey Chambers (date and details here) and knowing his albums rarely go reviewed, it is timely to... > Read more

Pet Shop Boys: Electric (x2)

Pet Shop Boys: Electric (x2)

The PSBoys' aural fingerprint is so distinctive that it might be possible to go two ways on this one. You could say "heard it all before" in terms of dancefloor-directed beats, cool... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

MILES DAVIS QUINTET; EUROPEAN TOUR 1967 (/Impro-Jazz/Southbound DVD)

MILES DAVIS QUINTET; EUROPEAN TOUR 1967 (/Impro-Jazz/Southbound DVD)

You might have thought in the decade since Ken Burns' groundbreaking television series Jazz that there would have been a slew of DVDs out there on the market to add depth to what he showcased. But... > Read more

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Power Pop

A FAST 15 MINUTES: Power Pop

And here a pathway through power pop for when you have 15 minutes to spare. From the Searchers and the Ramones through an alphabet of Beatles, Badfinger, Big Star . . . Enjoy. And you can read... > Read more