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Steve Kuhn Trio: Live at Birdland

In jazz journalism, “bios” are obsessive, redundant things. Virtually everything ever written about Steve Kuhn goes right to the fact that he was the original pianist in the John Coltrane Quartet in 1960-as if Kuhn’s two months with Coltrane outweigh his prolific and distinguished (if mostly under-the-radar) career in the nearly half-century since.

Kuhn’s time may have finally come. In 2004 he released Promises Kept on a major label, ECM, a widely praised incorporation of strings into a jazz setting. And now Kuhn has become a rare new jazz signing by Blue Note.

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