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Jazz Drummer Paul Motian, 80, Dies

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Drummer and composer Paul Motian, one of the most influential musicians in jazz, died on Tuesday.

He was 80 years old and lived in Manhattan. The cause was complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone-marrow disorder, according to his label, ECM.

"Paul was, and will always be, our heartbeat," said bass player Charlie Haden.

In the late 1950s, Paul Motian became a regular in pianist Bill Evans' famous trio. Since then, he's led several groups and was a frequent performer at the Village Vanguard.

His latest album, Windmills of Your Mind, was released this past August.

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