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Steve Kuhn: Dedication

Steve Kuhn, who first came to piano prominence during stints with John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, and Stan Getz, is one of our premium lyrical soloists. On this ethereal trio recording, with David Finck on bass and Billy Drummond on drums, part of Reservoir’s essential “New York Piano series,” Kuhn makes full use of his considerable harmonic and interpretative skills on a set of originals, standards, and jazz favorites.

Kuhn has spent years honing his craft and developing voice and touch that are uniquely his own. Although he’s eschewed the limelight, the level of piano craftsmanship present here is on a par with any of the best players recording today. Too many people have been asleep on Kuhn and hopefully, after they hear this recording, he’ll receive the recognition he so richly deserves.

What truly delights on Dedication is Kuhn’s phrasing and elucidation, the ability to make each composition his own. Also notable, the way his sympathetic rhythm section pushes the music and increases the energy level. Drummond is fast becoming one of the most dependable, sought-after players in New York.

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