Conception Vessel
Studio album by
RecordedNovember 25–26, 1972
GenrePost-bop, free jazz, contemporary jazz
ProducerManfred Eicher
Paul Motian chronology
Conception Vessel

Conception Vessel is the debut album by Paul Motian released on the ECM label in 1973. It was recorded on November 25 & 26 1972 at Butterfly and Sound Ideas Studios, New York City, and features performances by Motian with Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden, Leroy Jenkins, Sam Brown and Becky Friend.


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "This is Motian's debut as a leader. It includes ambitious cuts with guitarist Sam Brown and also features pianist Keith Jarrett.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars [3]
Tom HullB+ ((2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention))[2]

Track listing

  1. "Georgian Bay" - 7:31
  2. "Ch'i Energy" - 2:37
  3. "Rebica" - 11:14
  4. "Conception Vessel" - 7:46
  5. "American Indian: Song of Sitting Bull" - 2:45
  6. "Inspiration from a Vietnamese Lullaby" - 9:41
All compositions by Paul Motian



  1. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed June 26, 2011
  2. ^ Hull, Tom (June 2, 2020). "Music Week". Tom Hull – On the Web. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th edition). Penguin. p. 1047.