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Pianist Steve Kuhn Speaks Out About Japan at AAJ

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Steve Kuhn Steve Kuhn's most recent CD, Mostly Coltrane (ECM, 2009), pays tribute to John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
, having been the first pianist in the legendary saxophonist's quartet. He also has played as a sideman with Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
1924 - 1972
trumpet
, Art Farmer
Art Farmer
Art Farmer
1928 - 1999
flugelhorn
, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
and many others. Mostly Kuhn has led his own groups, largely trios with bassists including Buster Williams
Buster Williams
Buster Williams
b.1942
bass
, Eddie Gomez
Eddie Gomez
Eddie Gomez
b.1944
bass
and David Finck and drummers such as Al Foster
Al Foster
Al Foster
b.1944
drums
and Billy Drummond
Billy Drummond
Billy Drummond
b.1959
drums
.

Kuhn has a long association with ECM Records, which also released the three-disc box set Life's Backward Glances: Solo and Quartet in 2009, containing first-time CD issues of Ecstasy (1975), Playground (1980) and Motility (1977). Another ECM highlight is Promises Kept (2004), with strings orchestrated and conducted by Carlos Franzetti. Kuhn has also had long associations with Reservoir Records and Venus Records.



AAJ Contributor Wayne Zade revives his Jazz in Japan column with this insightful interview with an artist who may live in the United States, but spends considerable time each year in Japan. Check out Kuhn's views on the Japanes jazz scene in Steve Kuhn: On Japan, published at AAJ today!


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