We don’t necessarily need a reminder about pianist Steve Kuhn’s eminence in the trio domain; his work in that realm has been well-documented and greatly respected. It is, however, always a pleasure to receive a gift such as this.
To and From the Heart capitalizes on the creative rapport that Kuhn has developed with bassist Steve Swallow, a friend and collaborator for more than half a century, and drummer Joey Baron, an important part of Kuhn’s artistic orbit for well over two decades. Their maiden voyage as a band, 2012’s Wisteria, offered everything from bright tidings to breezy notions, leaving no doubt as to the strengths and subtleties possessed by all parties. The follow-up, 2016’s At This Time…, was made at a moment when the group was hitting its stride at New York’s Birdland and gearing up for a European tour, lending the music a greater immediacy.