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Steve Kuhn Trio: To and From the Heart (Sunnyside)

A review of the pianist's third album with Steve Swallow and Joey Baron

"To and From the Heart" by the Steve Kuhn Trio
“To and From the Heart” by the Steve Kuhn Trio

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.

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