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Joachim Kuhn: Piano Works I: Allegro Vivace

Joachim Kuhn

Piano Works I is the first in a new solo-piano series on the German ACT label, and the attention to production detail is exceptional. The CD package is elegant and informative, and the sound is precise and rich.

Joachim Kuhn has always lived in the two worlds of classical music and jazz, but perhaps never so explicitly in the space of a single album. Here he performs a piece from a 1690 mass by Francois Couperin, a movement from Bach’s Partita for Violin No. 2 and Mozart’s Konzert in A for clarinet. Then he segues organically to John Coltrane’s “Lonnie’s Lament,” two unrecorded compositions by Ornette Coleman (with whom Kuhn has been associated for many years) and three varied, intriguing pieces of his own.

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