Slow Burns and Raging Fires: The trios of Paul Motian and Sam Rivers showcased their brilliance

Nothing in modern music has managed to sound quite like the trio drummer Paul Motian led with guitarist Bill Frisell and tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano for some 30 years. Little within the deep and brilliant catalogs of Lovano or Frisell — or of Motian himself, for that matter — embodies that trio’s oddly entrancing logic,

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