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Jazz - Released April 20, 2012 | ECM

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Jazz - Released April 20, 2012 | ECM

Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica - Sélection JAZZ NEWS
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Jazz - Released November 30, 2018 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released October 1, 1978 | ECM

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1987 | New World Records

For a change of pace, adventurous pianist Steve Kuhn performed a dozen standards (mostly at slower tempos) on this New World release. Half of the selections are duets with bassist Harvie Swartz, while the other songs are unaccompanied piano solos. In addition to such notable tunes as "Body and Soul," "Danny Boy," "'Round Midnight," and "Lover Man," Kuhn cooks a bit on Sonny Rollins' "Airegin." An excellent outing. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released March 1, 1982 | ECM

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Jazz - Released March 18, 2016 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1966 | Impulse!

Composer and arranger Gary McFarland was well known in the 1960s for his film-scoring abilities and his charting skills with midsized bands. McFarland was also, however, a jazz fan, and particularly one of scalar pianist Steve Kuhn. This project features Kuhn in the center of a program made up entirely of McFarland compositions, all but two of which were written specifically for the album. Recorded in 1966, it is an anomaly in the Impulse catalog of the time in that it did not pursue the free jazz realms with the vengeance that most of the label's other acts did during that year. It is also significant that it caught the attention of a young Manfred Eicher, who later signed Kuhn to his ECM label based on the strengths of this recording. Like Keith Jarrett, Kuhn is in the pointillistic school of jazz pianists of the era. Unlike Jarrett, Kuhn does not consider force in his attack as necessary as his labelmate does. Instrumentally, Kuhn's customary trio situation -- which is dutifully performed with zeal by Ron Carter and drummer Marty Morell -- is augmented with a string quartet on half the record and with a wind trio with harp on the other half. The tracks on side one are in some ways less revolutionary, yet more fulfilling because Kuhn is clearly at home with the sonorities afforded by the strings. They don't swing, even on "One I Could Have Loved" from the film 13 or "St. Tropez Shuttle," a strangely metered bossa tune (in 3/4 instead of 4/4). Kuhn's cautious, contemplative improvising concerns itself with scalar explorations of melody, color, and harmony rather than rhythm or modal considerations. His touch is light and airy and therefore most pronouncedly visible against the strings. The interplay between Carter and Morell is almost instinctual; they couldn't have moved any closer together on this set if the charts had been written for them -- and they were not. With the wind trio and harp, Kuhn's approach is more physical, but nonetheless strives to create a palette for the very instruments that are trying to create one for him. There is some tension in this approach, but it works to the record's advantage. In sum, The October Suite was an experiment that worked beautifully, even if it was not acknowledged as being one of the more subtly brilliant albums of its day, though it most certainly stands the test of time that way. © Thom Jurek /TiVo
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Jazz - Released February 10, 2017 | MPS

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Jazz - Released April 1, 1996 | ECM

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Jazz - Released February 1, 1975 | ECM

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Jazz - Released April 26, 2004 | ECM

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Jazz - Released April 9, 2013 | Sunnyside

The Vanguard Date features jazz pianist Steve Kuhn performing with his trio at New York's Village Vanguard in 1986. Joining Kuhn here are bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster. Whether playing jazz standards, ballads, or the pianist's own atmospheric and harmonically interesting post-bop compositions, Kuhn and his trio sound superb. This is a highly recommended album for Kuhn fans. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Bebop - Released January 1, 2008 | Reservoir Music

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Jazz - Released November 14, 2008 | ECM

LIFE'S BACKWARDS GLANCES is a three-CD box set gathering three classic 1970s albums by the modern jazz pianist Steve Kuhn, gathered in celebration of his 70th birthday. The collection contains the 1974 solo album ECSTASY, 1977's MOTILITY, recorded with his road quartet lineup, and 1979's PLAYGROUND, a rare excursion into vocal jazz starring his collaborator Sheila Jordan, who added lyrics and vocals to five of Kuhn's best-known tunes including "Life's Backwards Glance." © TiVo
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Jazz - Released October 16, 2012 | Sunnyside

Steve Kuhn leads an all-star trio with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster in this compilation of 1986 performances recorded over several nights at the Village Vanguard. First issued on Black Hawk and subsequently re-released in 2012 with a new cover, this is one of the many highlights of the pianist's vast discography. Opening with a spry, playful take of "Little Old Lady," Kuhn follows with his loping, bluesy "Two by Two" and Fats Waller's lyrical "Jitterbug Waltz," the latter showcasing Carter's intricate bass and Foster's light touch with brushes. His brisk setting of "Yesterday's Gardenias" (a song recorded by Glenn Miller in the 1940s) takes it far from its roots, turning this ballad into an engaging post-bop vehicle. The pianist's "Mr. Calypso Kuhn" puts the spotlight on Foster, opening with an intense solo, followed by the addition of Carter and, finally, the leader. Kuhn's luxurious, spacious take of "Never Let Me Go" conveys the song's message even without its lyrics. The disc closes with an extended workout of "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" that leaves the entranced audience wanting more. © Ken Dryden /TiVo
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Jazz - Released July 17, 2007 | Sunnyside

Steve Kuhn has recorded a wide variety of music in his career, sometimes as a sideman (including with Sheila Jordan, Art Farmer, Kenny Dorham and Stan Getz), and more often as a leader. On Pastorale, he returns to his bop-oriented roots. Playing straight-ahead jazz with bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Billy Drummond, Kuhn digs into seven vintage standards plus two of his originals. Kuhn hints at both Bud Powell and Bill Evans in spots while retaining his own musical personality. His improvisations are thoughtful, often joyful and always intriguing, really uplifting "Charade" and coming up with fresh variations to "Remember." This is one of Kuhn's most accessible dates and is highly recommended. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released November 8, 2005 | Sunnyside

Veteran pianist Steve Kuhn and his trio (with bassist David Finck and drummer Al Foster) dig into six Spanish and Mexican melodies with Quiereme Mucho, turning them into straight-ahead jazz. Latin rhythms are largely absent from a set that includes "Andalucia" ("The Breeze and I"), an up-tempo "Besame Mucho" and "Time Was" ("Duerme"). The music in general is boppish and full of wit, with Kuhn often quoting other unexpected songs along the way. Finck and Foster have their brief spots but this is largely Steve Kuhn's show. The music may have been largely de-Latinized but the result is one of Kuhn's most swinging recordings. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Bebop - Released January 1, 2000 | Reservoir Music

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Bebop - Released January 1, 1998 | Reservoir Music