Psalm (Paul Motian album)

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Studio album by Paul Motian
Released 1982
Recorded December, 1981
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Downtown music
Length 44:44
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Paul Motian chronology
Le Voyage
(1979)Le Voyage1979
The Story of Maryam
(1984)The Story of Maryam1984

Psalm is the fifth album by Paul Motian to be released on the ECM label. It was released in 1982 and features the first recordings by Motian with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, along with Ed Schuller and Billy Drewes.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "The eight compositions by drummer Paul Motian on this ECM release (which is available on CD) are rather dry and none caught on as future standards. But the playing by Motian's sidemen (tenors Joe Lovano and Billy Drewes, bassist Ed Schuller and especially the remarkable guitarist Bill Frisell) uplifted the music and gave this group a strong personality of its own. Although the results are not all that memorable, the music should please adventurous listeners. ".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Psalm" - 6:57
  2. "White Magic" - 3:00
  3. "Boomerang" - 5:43
  4. "Fantasm" - 6:07
  5. "Mandeville" - 5:03
  6. "Second Hand" - 9:16
  7. "Etude" - 4:16
  8. "Yahllah" - 7:39
All compositions by Paul Motian
  • Recorded December 1981 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 15, 2011
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 148. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.