The jazz drummer and composer influential Americans, PaulMotian, died to 80 years in New York, a close friendsaid.
"Paul is dead early this morning," Carole, a painter, told AFP.The jazz producer Hans Wendl said Motian had died from complications from Myelodisplastic syndrome, a disorder of bone.
In the last half of his career Motian has become a leader of the band, playing with saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist Bill Friselland pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, among others, and has also worked as a composer.
However, as the Motian of 1950 began to shine in the center of the world of jazz influence, according to The New York Times, both a member of Bill Evans' trio, and later in 1970 with KeithJarrett's American Quartet.
"Paul Motian was my heartbeat," Wendl cited Motian and bassistCharlie Haden playing partner as saying on hearing of the deathof his friend.
Lovano, Motian has described as "one of the most influentialmusicians of the mystical and magical of all time."
"Paul was a jazz drummer with a rock hard without a mysterious sense of time, express and shape indescribable," Lovano said in a statement.
"Playing and Paul informed over the last 30 years under his direction in multiple Quartets, Quintets and the Trio with Bill Frisellsince 1984 has been the foundation of my development as a manager and a composer."