Steve Kuhn Trio - Plays Standards

Jazzed-up classics

Kuhn has had a distinguished
career, having played with both
Art Farmer and Stan Getz during
the 60s. He was also John
Coltrane’s original pianist before
McCoy Tyner took over. This
album, from a 2006 recording
session, features Buster
Williams on bass and Al Foster
on drums. The Plays Standards
title quickly becomes a
misnomer as, while always
interesting, Kuhn tackles
“standards” in the broadest
sense, with some proving better
known than others. His
inventive, interpretive abilities
are at the fore as he picks each
song apart, often dancing
around the melody without
actually touching it. Highlights
are the easy-going Golden
Earrings, plus the passionate
rendition of Along Together. This
pressing is a Japanese import,
complete with an Obi-strip.

5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars

Venus | TKJV-19190

Reviewed by Paul Rigby
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