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Rock the Casbah of Love

Read "Rock the Casbah of Love" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Before the boys get to two releases hot off the presses, they spend some time with a Steve Kuhn release recorded soon after he parted ways with Art Farmer and started dating Monica Zetterlund. Then it's on to a fairly “out" recording by a veteran reed player and a less world-music-than-it-sounds release from a bass clarinetist with a Coltrane fixation. The episode wraps things up with an in-depth look at Paul Anka's transformation of rock standards into mid-sixties ...

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Steve Kuhn Trio: To and From the Heart

Read "To and From the Heart" reviewed by Peter Hoetjes

Now an octogenarian, Steve Kuhn's career has in 2018 spanned nearly sixty years, never having a long lull of time without recording new music. It becomes something of a marvel then that after all this time, the pianist still finds something new to say; he is still able to surprise listeners with songs they don't expect and improvisations they don't anticipate. He continues with the same trio he used on his previous release, At This Time... (Sunnyside, 2016) ...

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Steve Kuhn: At This Time...

Read "At This Time..." reviewed by Budd Kopman

The wonderful and deeply satisfying At This Time... brings together pianist Steve Kuhn leading a trio comprised of electric bassist Steve Swallow and the ubiquitous (and always smiling drummer) Joey Baron. The immediate impulse for the recording was an extended set by this trio at Birdland, in New York City in 2015. Swallow and Kuhn go back forty years to Kuhn's ECM debut, Trance, with Kuhn knowing Baron for more than twenty years. This trio also recorded Kuhn's ...

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Steve Kuhn Trio at Dazzle

Read "Steve Kuhn Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Steve Kuhn Trio Dazzle Denver, CO April 4, 2016 Against the backdrop of a bombastic presidential election campaign with calls for nuclear proliferation and carpet bombing it's refreshing to hear nuance. The Steve Kuhn Trio understands nuance. And more. But it's the nuance that makes listening to this trio so satisfying. They swing, they play standards, they do all the things a top-flight jazz piano trio should do, but on top of that they display ...

REDISCOVERY

Steve Kuhn: Non-Fiction

Read "Steve Kuhn: Non-Fiction" reviewed by John Kelman

Steve Kuhn Non-FictionECM Records1978 Today's Rediscovery is another title that falls into the category of “begging to be issued on CD for the first time. When ECM Records released Life's Backward Glances--Solo and Quartet in 2009--part of its Old & New Masters Edition series of box sets that gathered together various albums, some never before on CD in their full form, others never on CD before ever--there seemed to be one notable absence from a ...

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Steve Kuhn: Wisteria

Read "Wisteria" reviewed by John Kelman

Context, they say, is everything. With nearly 50 albums as a leader in a career that now spans 55 years--and stints with everyone from saxophonist Stan Getz and flugelhornist Art Farmer to trumpeter Kenny Dorham...even a brief stint with saxophonist John Coltrane--pianist Steve Kuhn's best and most varied work has been across the now-ten albums recorded for ECM. You need only look to Life's Backward Glances: Solo and Quartet (ECM, 2008)--the box collecting 1975's solo piano outing, Ecstasy; 1977's Motility, ...

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Steve Kuhn: On Japan

Read "Steve Kuhn: On Japan" reviewed by Wayne Zade

Steve Kuhn's most recent CD, Mostly Coltrane (ECM, 2009), pays tribute to John Coltrane, having been the first pianist in the legendary saxophonist's quartet. He also has played as a sideman with Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and many others. Mostly Kuhn has led his own groups, largely trios with bassists including Buster Williams, Eddie Gomez and David Finck and drummers such as Al Foster and Billy Drummond.

Kuhn has a long association with ECM Records, which also ...

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Steve Kuhn Trio w/ Joe Lovano: Mostly Coltrane

Read "Mostly Coltrane" reviewed by Troy Collins

Mostly Coltrane is pianist Steve Kuhn's venerable ode to his onetime employer, John Coltrane, with whom he played for eight weeks in early 1960 at New York City's Jazz Gallery. Kuhn revisits those seminal days without ignoring Coltrane's later period advancements, extrapolating his controversial innovations with rare lyricism and tenderness--a uniquely beautiful tribute unencumbered by nostalgic sentimentality.

Mirroring the instrumentation of Coltrane's Classic Quartet, (which featured pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones), Kuhn is ...

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Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano: Mostly Coltrane

Read "Mostly Coltrane" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The sound of John Coltrane (1926-1967) was a mix of spiritual tranquility and ecstatic fury, sheets-of-sound full force gales and transcendent, tender, Zen-like ruminations from a man intent on communing with God through his music--all of which makes an attempt at communing with Coltrane a nervy quest.Enter pianist Steve Kuhn.In 1960, at 21 years of age, Kuhn was employed by Coltrane for an eight week stint of live shows at New York's The Jazz Gallery, playing ...

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Steve Kuhn: Mostly Coltrane

Read "Mostly Coltrane" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

When John Coltrane left Miles Davis' band at the end of 1959, the first working quartet he formed had Steve Kuhn on piano for gigs at the Jazz Gallery over the first three months of 1960. Here Kuhn pays deeply affecting tribute to Coltrane and his music with Joe Lovano on tenor and tarogato and Kuhn's regular trio members, bassist David Finck and drummer Joey Baron. Kuhn and Lovano have both been shaped in part by Coltrane's ...

INTERVIEWS

Steve Kuhn: Shimmering Beauty

Read "Steve Kuhn: Shimmering Beauty" reviewed by Maxwell Chandler

This interview, originally published on March 2, 2009, is being reprinted to coincide with the release of Steve Kuhn's Mostly Coltrane (ECM, 2009).

Whether it is in his trio, collaborating with vocalists or accompanying an orchestra, pianist Steve Kuhn has always managed to effortlessly defy and combine genres. Whether it is an older recording or one of his newer albums, an inherent ability to create melodic-based beauty makes his playing and compositions instantly identifiable. ...

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Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano: Mostly Coltrane

Read "Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano: Mostly Coltrane" reviewed by John Kelman

Steve Kuhn Trio w/ Joe Lovano Mostly Coltrane ECM Records 2009

Although he's spent most of his career focusing on interpreting the music of others, pianist Steve Kuhn's albums for the ECM label have largely been about his small but significant repertoire of original music. Which makes Mostly Coltrane a real anomaly by comparison to earlier works like those reissued in the three-CD box set Life's Backward Glances - Solo and Quartet ...


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