Drummer Paul Motian died earlier today, aged 80.

He came to prominence in the late 50s as one third of the Bill Evans Trio, one of the first piano trios to give equal weight to all three members rather than being piano accompaniment.

He’d a long and varied career after that, and his career included long associations with Paul Bley, Charlie Haden and Keith Jarrett. He also led two notable bands of his own, a trio with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, and his Electric Bebop Band which has featured a number of young guitarists and saxophonists over its lifetime.

Motian played in Scotland a number of times, including a Glasgow Jazz Festival set with Frisell and Lovano at the Tramway in the early 1990s and a memorable appearance with Marilyn Crispell and Gary Peacock in the Maclellan Galleries.

You can read a fuller obituary in the New York Times.