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Jazz - Released January 8, 2016 | ECM

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Jazz - Released April 20, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon ECM

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Jazz - Released November 30, 2018 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released February 10, 2017 | MPS

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Like many pianists, Steve Kuhn seems to put out one quality disc after another but doesn't ever seem to get the attention he deserves. This beautifully recorded studio date from 1968, with bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen, is a good example. Eschewing the typical easygoing approaches to Michel Legrand's "Watch What Happens," he launches into a very brisk bossa nova arrangement. J.J. Johnson's gorgeous ballad "Lament" was never in better hands as Kuhn delivers a shimmering but poignant performance; the piece segues into Gary McFarland's unjustly neglected "Once We Loved." A mini-medley of Burt Bacharach songs, "Windows of the World" and "Here I Am," with its unusual chanting introduction, has also stood the test of time. Carla Bley's "Ad Infinitum" delves briefly into the avant-garde but quickly reverts to post-bop. [The Japanese reissue of this long unavailable session, originally on MPS, retains the identical gatefold packaging of the LP, complete with photos and liner notes -- a very nice touch.] ~ Ken Dryden

Jazz - Released June 29, 2018 | Ace Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1966 | Impulse!

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Jazz - Released March 18, 2016 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released April 1, 1996 | ECM

In a blindfold test it would be easy to identify pianist Steve Kuhn's CD as a stereotypical ECM recording. With its emphasis on space, rather slow development and occasional repetition, the performances of Kuhn, bassist David Finck and drummer Joey Baron (all but one of the 11 pieces are Kuhn originals) only occasionally rise above the level of background music. There are some heated moments on the sixth song ("All the Rest Is the Same") and the tenth ("Bittersweet Passages") but most of this set is rather sleepy and melancholy, not living up to the potential of these talented musicians. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released August 12, 2005 | Deutsche Grammophon ECM

Trance, Steve Kuhn's second recording for ECM, was actually recorded a mere ten days after Ecstasy, his solo piano debut for the label. Trance features Kuhn playing both electric and acoustic piano, bassist Steve Swallow, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Sue Evans. Two of the album's compositions, "Silver" and "Life's Backward Glance," are re-recordings of tunes appearing on Ecstasy. Adventurous and wide open, Trance is a mixed bag full of knots, twists, and turns. While firmly in the jazz idiom, Kuhn also draws on classical sources (check his solo in "Squirt"), drawing on Luciano Berio and Olivier Messiaen as well as Cecil Taylor. Performed on electric piano, "Silver" is a chugging, repetitive riff with a Latin rhythm, and Kuhn swings it like mad as Swallow's bass pops and spits along the melodic line as well as the rhythmic undertone. This is jazz that touches on fusion, modal, and the new spirit of the music as ECM came into the 1970s as a player. There is restlessness and calm, tempestuousness and serenity, conflict and resolution, and -- above all -- creativity and vision. ~ Thom Jurek
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Jazz - Released April 8, 2011 | ECM

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Jazz - Released November 14, 2008 | ECM

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Jazz - Released August 12, 2003 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released November 8, 2005 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released October 16, 2012 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released July 17, 2007 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released April 9, 2013 | Sunnyside

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Jazz - Released November 20, 2007 | Sunnyside

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