Josef Woodard
December 10, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

Just when you thought bebop had been sanitized and fossilized comes a variation out of left field, here comes Paul Motian and the Electric Bebop Band’s self-titled album. Drummer-concept man Motian—always thinking on his feet—reclaims the once-kinetic radicalism of the genre, from a mesmerizing ”Darn That Dream” to a rubbery, stretched-out ”Scrapple from the Apple.” With two mod-bop guitarists and sax wiz Joshua Redman, the band swings fervently and freshly.

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