Steve Kuhn Trio Live at Birdland
Label: Blue Note Records
Steve Kuhn's piano playing is exquisite, but often hard to find. Perhaps this live date for Blue Note will help introduce him to some new listeners. Kuhn is an exploratory yet extremely accessible pianist (like Bill Evans, he realizes that you don't have to create ugly music to be artistically challenging), and he has Ron Carter and Al Foster for his rhythm section. Compare their jaunty reading of Henry Mancini's "Slow Hot Wind" to their beautiful, pained crawl through "Stella By Starlight."