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Love Walked In by Steve Kuhn

This couldn't have been an easy session to lead. Sure, pianist Steve Kuhn can count a lot of experience as a leader, and his resume as a sideman is as impressive as they come, including time in legendary groups with players like John Coltrane, Art Farmer and Stan Getz. But Buster Williams has his name on the cover of a few albums, too, and his CD as a bassist is no less impressive. Williams has been the backbone of recordings by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, the Jazz Crusaders and many more. Drummer Bill Stewart, another leader in his own right, is of another generation, but brings his own credentials based on work with Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker and John Scofield, among others.

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.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Steve Kuhn
  • CD Title: Love Walked In
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Sunnyside
  • Tracks: No Problem, Land Of The Living Dead, Sunny, Love Walked In, Saharan, Prelude To A Kiss, All Alone, Autumn Leaves, Lines, Youve Changed'
  • Musicians: Steve Kuhn (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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