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|Steve Kuhn, Tom Harrell, Bob Mintzer|
Seasons of Romance
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Steve Kuhn presents his sonorous piano in the unusual format of two different quartets (one with Tom Harrell, and one with Bob Mintzer, with neither of whom he has previously recorded), as well as in trios. From the heartr... more »
Steve Kuhn presents his sonorous piano in the unusual format of two different quartets (one with Tom Harrell, and one with Bob Mintzer, with neither of whom he has previously recorded), as well as in trios. From the heartrending and definitive version of Quincy Jones' "The Pawnbroker," which features Bob Mintzer's soulful musings, to the fragile, poignant, and pensive rendering of "Romance," to the moving portrait of love lost highlighting both Kuhn's mastery of piano tone and his harmonic subtlety and sensitivity on "Good Morning, Heartache," this recording explores all the nuances of love, all the seasons of romance we all experience.
Variety and Consistency in Perfect Proportion
Karl W. Nehring | Ostrander, OH USA | 10/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kuhn's trio on this recording includes drummer Al Foster and bassist George Mraz. Three of the cuts feature the trio alone, three feature the trio augmented by the saxophone of Bob Mintzer, and three feature the trio augmented by the trumpet of Tom Harrell. Although this might sound like a strange mix of sounds, the basic musicianship of Kuhn provides a consistency to the proceedings that makes the program seem to be the product of a consistent vision amongst the players.
From my perspective, three cuts on this excellent recording stand out as extra-special; interestingly enough, each of those three cuts features a different cast of musicians. "Visions of Gaudi" features the trumpet of Tom Harrell, "The Pawnbroker" showcases the intense playing of Bob Mintzer, and "Remember" showcases Kuhn himself, as he demonstrates once again how he can seemingly separate his right hand from his left, as if each had a different musical idea - but both perfectly united in the service of the tune. All in all, this is quite a rewarding recording, one exhibiting both variety and consistency."