Joachim Kuhn Trio - Interchange (1972/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 40:18 minutes | 720 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Pianist-composer Joachim Kühn has been a force on the international jazz scene for half a century. Trained as a classical pianist, Kühn migrated to jazz, playing fusion with Alphonse Mouzon, free jazz with Ornette Coleman, and modern jazz in his iconic group with bassist JF Jenny-Clarke and drummer Daniel Humair. On this MPS LP his avant-garde trio featuring Pierre Favre and Peter Warren.
Although not a free jazz musician, per se, Kuhn has been an avant-gardist; he began attempting a fusion of contemporary classical elements with jazz very early in his career. Kuhn’s intense virtuosity is a reflection of his training. He studied classical composition and piano for 12 years, beginning when he was a small child. He performed as a classical pianist up until 1961, at which point he began playing in a Prague-based jazz quintet. He led a trio from 1962-1966, and in 1964 began playing with his much-older brother Rolf Kuhn, an accomplished clarinetist. In the ’70s, Joachim Kuhn led his own groups, and played with the violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Kuhn had a measure of commercial success in the ’70s. His star faded a bit in the ’80s, but Kuhn kept active, playing challenging forms of jazz and recording occasionally.
01 – Interchange
02 – Traffic Madness
03 – Cello Fane
04 – Jolly Green Giant
05 – One Foot Shuffle
06 – Solo for Arlene
07 – Sad Ballad
Executive producer: Joachim E. Berendt. Engineered by Rolf Donner.
Recorded in December 1971 at Villingen Studio, Black Forest, Germany.
Joachim Kühn – piano, alto sax on “1,4”
Peter Warren – bass, cello on “1,3”
Pierre Favre – percussion, saw on “1,3”