Thursday, July 23, 2015

Steve Kuhn - Childhood is Forewer

Autumn 1969 ; the dreams of the 1968 revolution in France had already vanished. The french governement led by De Gaulle was back in power again and French people were getting ready for harsh liberalism. Something, however, had definitely changed in people's minds and, following these changes, jazz would never be the same again. That year I first met Steve Kuhn and also played with him. At that time he was living in Stockholm, far away from the vicissitudes of the New York scene. Steve has also changed ; the fervent Bill Evans disciple found his style made up of respect for the Master and of a broad openness to every influence. That autumn, Steve Swallow was in Paris touring with Gary Burton. At the request of Jean-Louis Ginibre, brilliant editor of the French publication 'Jazz Magazine', Kuhn decided to record with Swallow and myself. French bass player Pierre Michelot would lend his instrument for the session.
I still have vivid memories of that afternoon ; a mixture of intense stage fright and instant pleasure. Thirty years down the line, I a amazed by the intensity of this music ; it gives irrefutable proof of the visionary genius of Steve Kuhn. His playing, between tradition and avant-garde, was the precursor of the jazz we can hear today. That autumn, in a recording studio located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, tomorrow's music was created.
Aldo Romano, from the booklet (translation Matt Robin & Greg Bell)

Steve Kuhn
Childhood is Forewer


1 The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (Brainin)  6:01
2 Spring Can Really Hang You The Most (Wolf)  6:48
3 Baubles, Bangles And Beads (Wright, Forest)  5:03
4 The Meaning Of The Blues (Troup)  3:41
5 All That's Left  (Jobim)  5:49
6 I Waited For You (Fuller)  5:07
7 Eiderdown (Swallow)  4:25


Steve Kuhn -p
Steve Swallow - b
Aldo Romano - dr

Recorded in Paris ; October 13, 1969


Melanchthon said...

steve said...

Mel this looks awesome! Early Kuhn that I was not aware of at all! Many thanks for this listen.

zero said...

Kuhn is a long-time fave. Thanks for the chance to hear an album new to me.

deGallo said...

Great one! Thank you.

hepcat said...

Many thanks. It is greatly appreciated.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

rm said...

merci beaucoup

wouter said...

a most welcome upgrade. thanks a lot, Mel!

sandor essedy said...

Thanks for this one.

OldHippieRick said...

way cool Mel one I did not have thumbs up indeed :-)

rev.b said...

Nice to read Also's take on the session. I read somewhere that Steve Kuhn was not so happy with the conditions under which this album was recorded. In any case, it's a fine album. Thanks for posting.

Black Moses said...

legendary, bruv

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Otis Foster said...

Any chance for a re-up on this session melanchthon?