Garden of Eden (album)

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Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden (album).jpg
Studio album by Paul Motian
Released 2006
Recorded November 2004
Genre Jazz
Length 56:35
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Paul Motian chronology
I Have the Room Above Her
Garden of Eden
On Broadway Vol. 4 or The Paradox of Continuity

Garden of Eden is an album by jazz drummer Paul Motian recorded in 2004 and released on the ECM label in 2005.[1]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "Motian has been on a creative and compositional tear, and has been since the mid-'80s. This set is ambitious, full of humor, charm, warmth, and grace; it sings, whispers, talks, and at times it shouts; ultimately it offers listeners an intimate look at the complexity and beauty in the continually evolving soundworld of an artist who is a true musical giant".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Paul Motian except as indicated
  1. "Pithecanthropus Erectus" (Charles Mingus) - 7:06
  2. "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (Mingus) - 4:56
  3. "Etude" - 5:21
  4. "Mesmer" - 4:39
  5. "Mumbo Jumbo" - 3:34
  6. "Desert Dream" (Chris Cheek) - 3:18
  7. "Balata" (Steve Cardenas) - 3:39
  8. "Bill" (Jerome Kern) - 3:04
  9. "Endless" - 3:30
  10. "Prelude 2 Narcissus" - 3:05
  11. "Garden of Eden" - 4:09
  12. "Manhattan Melodrama" - 4:43
  13. "Evidence" (Thelonious Monk) - 3:31
  14. "Cheryl" (Charlie Parker) - 2:00


Note: Guitarists Steve Cardenas and Jakob Bro are heard on the left and right stereo channels, respectively, while guitarist Ben Monder and bassist Jerome Harris are mixed in the center. Saxophonists Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek are, respectively, center left and center right. Motian’s drums are heard across the stereo spectrum, whether soloing or supporting the ensemble. [3]


  1. ^ ECM Records catalogue accessed August 10, 2011
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed August 10, 2011
  3. ^ ECM