All that experience, though, has led to Williams and Stewart understanding just what their role as a rhythm section is, when to stand out, when to lay back and to always be rock solid. Steve Kuhn, whose particular talents lie more in his expressive, lyrical solos than in rhythmic pursuits, though that's a role he can handle when the need arises, couldn't have been matched with a better pair of players, and the quality of the match shines through every track. As a leader, Kuhn clearly understands that you get the best out of the band by making room for each member to do their best work, which in turn creates a platform for the leader's best efforts as well. When it works, it's wonderful. On Love Walked In, it works.
The program draws from GAS standards, crossover pop and little heard jazz gems culled from decades of Kuhn's awareness of the scene, but the trio puts an original stamp on every track. When people say they like piano trio jazz, this is exactly what they're talking about. If you're one of them, this is a must-have.