The Windmills of Your Mind (album)

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The Windmills of Your Mind
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 9, 2011
RecordedSeptember 2010
StudioSear Sound, New York City
LabelWinter & Winter 910 182-2
ProducerStefan Winter
Paul Motian chronology
Lost in a Dream
The Windmills of Your Mind

The Windmills of Your Mind is an album by Paul Motian released on the German Winter & Winter label in 2011, [1] the final release during his lifetime. It features Motian’s long-standing colleague, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Thomas Morgan and vocalist Petra Haden.


Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[2]
The Guardian[4]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek stated: "The Windmills of Your Mind is a collection of jazz and pop standards played by a stellar quartet ".[3]

The Guardian's John Fordham observed: "Motian enlists Bill Frisell on guitar and Thomas Morgan on bass to turn the usual glides and smooches of these songs into a lurching, spontaneously contrapuntal undertow, in which the rhythm lies as much in what's not being played as what is".[4]

All About Jazz correspondent Dan Bilawsky commented, "Motian's prolific output makes it easy to occasionally overlook some of his albums, but this one is likely to gain a lot of attention. The Windmills Of Your Mind is simply sublime".[2] JazzTimes's Colin Fleming called the album "a set of pop standards with the deep, well-rounded luxuriousness of modern chamber music, with elements of high-romance. This is jazz as seduction music".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Paul Motian, except as indicated

  1. "Introduction (1)" – 2:23
  2. "Tennessee Waltz" (Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart) – 3:46
  3. "The Windmills of Your Mind" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 6:34
  4. "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (Irving Berlin) – 1:52
  5. "Lover Man" (Jimmy Davis, James Sherman, Ram Ramirez) – 3:24
  6. "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn) – 2:34
  7. "Little Foot" – 2:17
  8. "Easy Living" (Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger) – 3:11
  9. "I've Got a Crush on You" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:38
  10. "Backup" – 2:28
  11. "I Loves You Porgy" (Gershwin, Gershwin) – 3:56
  12. "Trieste" – 2:04
  13. "If I Could Be With You" (Henry Creamer, James P. Johnson) – 3:12
  14. "Wednesday's Gone" – 2:04
  15. "I Remember You" (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) – 5:39
  16. "Introduction (2)" – 3:05



  1. ^ Winter & Winter catalogue accessed December 20, 2013
  2. ^ a b Bilawski, Dan (September 13, 2011). "Paul Motian: The Windmills Of Your Mind album review @ All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed December 20, 2013
  4. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian Review, June 3, 2011
  5. ^ Fleming, C. The Windmills of Your Mind Review JazzTimes, December 28, 2011