Sunday, November 27, 2016

Steve Kuhn - Three Waves

Predictable is not an adjective associated with the recordings of pianist Steve Kuhn. He is joined by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca for this exciting studio session from the mid-1960s, both of whom he had worked with under Art Farmer, as well as on La Roca's smashing debut as a leader, Basra. With the exception of "Ida Lupino" and "Never Let Me Go," the music will likely be unfamiliar to most jazz fans, but adventurous souls are in for a treat. Kuhn's originals include the furious modal work "Bits and Pieces," which sounds as if it represents the center of a storm, as well as "Today I Am a Man," which suggests a well-known composition from the heyday of the bop era. "Why Did I Choose You" is played with a soft bossa nova accent, while Sergio Mihanovich's "Three Waves" is intense, with overlapping changes of rhythm. "Never Let Me Go," a favorite of singers, is understated and subtle, only hinting briefly at the melody. Originally issued on LP by the long-defunct Contact label, and briefly available as a Flying Dutchman reissue, BMG in Japan has since released a CD version.
Ken Dryden

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Steve Kuhn
Three Waves


1 Ida Lupino (Bley)  2:37
2 Ah, Moore (Cohn)  3:27
3 Today I Am a Man (Kuhn)  5:56
4 Memory (Kuhn)  2:41
5 Why Did I Choose You ? (Leonard)  2:55
6 Three Waves (Mihanovich)  6:56
7 Never Let Me Go (Livingston, Evans)  3:02
8 Bits and Pieces  (Kuhn)  4:44
9 Kod Piece (Kuhn)  0:21


Steve Kuhn - p
Steve Swallow - b
Pete La Roca - dr

Recorded in New York ; 1966


neil said...

Haven't heard any of his early trios; so many thanks for the opporunity, mel...

Jan Vronský said...

I have heard this one a long time ago - didnt like it much. I am gonna listen to it again and see if it changes. I think I will like it much more now. I like jazz much more now.

Gaetano Bevilacqua said...


ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

Xue Bao said...

ThXz a lot

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Mike said...

Been exploring Steve Kuhn's music a bit lately, and this will be a great help... Thank you!

rev.b said...

A very nice album I should listen to more often. Thanks for the opportunity Mel.

deGallo said...

thank you-

moha said...

Thank You, Mel!

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Georges Chevon said...

I haven't heard this; A great thanks Mel!!

bventure said...

Hard to see how anything could go wrong with Swallow & La Roca on board! Many Thanks mel.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!