Friday, October 31, 2008

Steve Kuhn Trio: Sing Me Softly of the Blues (1997)

The first recorded meeting of Kuhn and drummer Pete LaRoca since 1966's "Three Waves," with bassist George Mraz ably filling the spot formerly filled by Steve Swallow. It's fun to ponder how different modern music might have been had Kuhn and LaRoca been thrown their lot in with John Coltrane instead of McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones a few years before. Tapes exist of that that 1960 quartet, but mere mortals like you and me have never heard them. LaRoca was never the innovator Elvin was (nor has he ever possessed Elvin's prodigious technique), but his mark is unmistakable on every recording he's ever made. And a case can easily be made that, at least at the start of his association with Coltrane, McCoy was a considerably less-adventurous pianist than Kuhn.
Three tunes appear on my CD of this 1997 session that are not listed in Kuhn's discography here: Naima, the neglected Jules Styne number Dance Only With Me, and Steve Swallow's Sticky Kisses.

Steve Kuhn - Piano

George Mraz - Bass
Pete LaRoca Sims - Drums

1. This Is New - 7:28 (Kurt Weill, Ira Gershwin)

2. Dance Only With Me - 5:22 (J. Styne)

3. Chicken Feathers - 4:56 (Steve Kuhn)
4. My Funny Valentine - 5:59 (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

5. Sing Me Softly Of The Blues - 5:29 (Carla Bley)

6. Naima - 4:21 (Coltrane)

7. Sticky Kisses - 4.19 (Steve Swallow)

8. Who Cares - 4:38 (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

9. Lament - 5:28 (J. J. Johnson)
10. The Very Thought Of You - 7:09 (Ray Noble)

September 14, 1997, Clinton Studio A, New York City
320 kbps ripped from Venus TKCV 35036


Festoonic said...

Dr. Puck said...

Thanks for this very hard to get date.

Scott said...

Thanks! Kuhn is wonderful!

Otis Foster said...

I heard Kuhn many times at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge, when he was still at school. It's both an aesthetic pleasure and a bit of nostalgia to listen to this hard to find music.

Thanks as always

Baby Breeze said...

Wonderful to find your blog via my search for some Steve Kuhn. Thanks.

Pedal said...

Thanks, I know this trio from Basra, which I think is a great album. Excited to hear them many years later.