Longtime jazz drummer and composer Paul Motian (MOH'-shuhn) has died in New York City at age 80.
Friend and tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano says Motian died Tuesday at a Manhattan hospital due to complications of a bone marrow disorder.
Lovano had performed with Motian since 1981. He calls him a "true natural and one of the most expressive musicians in jazz."
Motian had an uncanny sense of time that influenced a generation of musicians.
He came to prominence as a member of Bill Evans' trio in the late 1950s, playing on landmark recordings such as "Waltz for Debby" and "Sunday at the Village Vanguard." He also had longtime partnerships with pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Charlie Hayden and guitarist Bill Frisell.
His repertoire included originals, American songbook standards and bebop.