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|Steve Kuhn, Gary Mcfarland|
The October Suite
Genres: Jazz, Pop
An often overlooked gem from the Impulse catalog, The October Suite is a sensitive collaboration between two different sensibilities: Steve Kuhn's avant-garde piano solos and Gary McFarland's classically-tinged scores for ... more »
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An often overlooked gem from the Impulse catalog, The October Suite is a sensitive collaboration between two different sensibilities: Steve Kuhn's avant-garde piano solos and Gary McFarland's classically-tinged scores for strings and woodwinds. While many attempts at merging classical and jazz were failures that bore little fruit, October Suite succeeded magnificently. McFarland's scores starkly evoke the autumnal melancholy of the month of October, while Kuhn's piano darts around poking at and expanding on the themes set forth by the composer. This is challenging music that isn't challenging to listen to and it's nice to see this classic album back in print. --Kristian St. Clair
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A true third stream effort.
Troy Collins | Lancaster, PA United States | 05/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Besides the odd album by Gil Evans in the mid-60's, one does not normally expect to stumble across a third stream classical-jazz experiment on the Impulse! label. Arranger and composer Gary McFarland's collaboration with introspective pianist Steve Kuhn The October Suite is one such exception. Most of the pieces were written specifically for Kuhn to improvise on, utilizing a piano trio accompanied by a small chamber music group. The first half of the album finds the trio enhanced by a string quartet. The second half features a woodwind quartet and harpist. While the first half of the disc is more tentative and searching, the second half has freer elements that border on an almost Tristano-esque kind of dissonant formalism. Not a typical album for either the label or the artist, but still a fascinating gem in it's own right."