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Kuhn, Steve - 3CD-BOX: Life's Backward Glances


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- In the year of Steve Kuhn's 70th birthday a box-set release of historic recordings by the great American pianist

- Specially-priced, remastered 3-CD set

- Contains the much sought-after albums "Ecstasy", "Motility" and "Playground", recorded in 1974, 1977 and 1979. "Ecstasy" was previously available on compact disc in Japan, but has never been released on CD in the West "Motility" and "Playground" have not previously been available on CD anywhere. LP versions of all three albums are long since out of print and reach high prices on the collectors market

- "Ecstasy" is a solo album that belongs in the line of great solo piano disc on ECM including Chick Corea's "Piano Improvisations", Paul Bley's "Open, To Love" and Keith Jarrett's "Facing You". Kuhn's album is a major statement on this level

- "Motility" featured Kuhn's working quartet of the mid-70s, with dynamic saxophonist Steve Slagle, and "Playground" introduced the highly popular Kuhn-Sheila Jordan quartet, co-starring the resourceful vocalist who added lyrics to many of Steve's best-known pieces

- Kuhn is touring widely in 2008, with dates from New York to Tokyo, plus headlining appearances at major festivals

Artist history
Born in Brooklyn in 1938, Steve Kuhn was fascinated with jazz very early in his life. He began classical piano lessons at age five and soon began to "improvise and syncopate the classical repertoire." In his teens, Kuhn studied with legendary teacher Margaret Chaloff who schooled him in the "Russian Technique", an invaluable tool for tone production and projection. Chaloff's son, Serge, baritone saxophonist for Woody Herman, hired the 13 year-old pianist to play in his group. Throughout his teens Kuhn continued to play in Boston jazz clubs with, amongst other visiting celebrities, Coleman Hawkins, Chet Baker, and Vic Dickenson. In 1959 Kuhn attended the Lenox School of Music where he recorded with Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry The faculty included Bill Evans, George Russell, and Gunther Schuller. While at Lenox, Kuhn met trumpeter Kenny Dorham and began a two-year stint in his group, interrupted when Kuhn was asked to join John Coltrane's newly-formed quartet. Kuhn next joined Stan Getz's band, which included bassist Scott LaFaro. After a period with Art Farmer, he formed the first Steve Kuhn Trio, with drummer Pete LaRoca and bassist Steve Swallow. Through all the period, Kuhn was at the forefront of new musical developments. At the end of the 1960s he spent four years living in Europe, mostly in Scandinavia where his performance had a significant impact upon local players. Upon returning to the United States, Kuhn began his long-term affiliation with ECM, resulting in a string of important albums including "Trance", "Ecstasy", "Non-Fiction" and the collaborations with Sheila Jordan, "Playground" and "Last Year's Waltz". Sheila Jordan, co-star on the "Playground" set, is another history maker. Born 1928 in Detroit, she was encouraged in her singing by Charlie Parker, studied with Lennie Tristano, recorded with George Russell. ECM appearances include "Home" with Steve Swallow. She can also be heard on Carla Bley's "Escalator Over The Hill". In the mid-80's, Kuhn co-founded his 'All Star Trio', with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster, and launched a new, and still evolving, edition of his trio with bassist David Finck - drummers for the latter have included Joey Baron (as on the ECM recording "Remembering Tomorrow"),. He continues to tour widely, with a strong following in Europe and, especially, Japan where his albums frequently appear in the jazz charts. "Promises Kept", his ECM 2004 recording with arranger Carlos Franzetti, set his piano amid strings in a programme that recalled his 1960s collaborations with Gary MacFarland. The project received high critical praise. Kuhn's current projects include a reinvestigation of the music of former employer John Coltrane, in a new line-up featuring saxophonist Joe Lovano (an ECM recording is imminent).

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Artikelnummer ECM2090
Streckkod 0602517799462
Utgivningsdatum 2008-09-26
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 3
Utövare
Artister Kuhn, Steve
Disk: 1
1 The Rain Forest 06:15
2 Ocean In The Sky 05:07
3 Catherine 05:32
4 Bittersweet Passages 04:55
5 Deep Tango 07:28
6 Motility / The Child Is Gone 07:21
7 A Danse For One 03:00
8 Places I've Never Been 04:52
Disk: 2
1 Tomorrow's Son 08:58
2 Gentle Thoughts 07:22
3 Poem For No. 15 07:08
4 The Zoo 04:32
5 Deep Tango 10:41
6 Life's Backward Glance 05:35
Disk: 3
1 Silver 08:53
2 Prelude In G 04:31
3 Ulla 07:29
4 Thoughts Of A Gentleman - The Saga Of Harrison Cra 12:21
5 Life's Backward Glance 04:47
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