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The best of the best, "Pieces D'Resistance", begin with "Malaguena", a swirling, whirling piece of jazz mastery led off by Joe Henderson in the starring role of Matador, with Steve Kuhn as the Bull, and LaRoca and Swallow providing a restless beat for both. It's a masterful performance that grabs you from the first note of Kuhn's recurring ten note figure over the churning beat. And in comes Joe for a Tour de Force solo which is modal, freeing him up to soar over the normal chord changes. Kuhn follows with his own Tour de Force solo. If you are familiar with the incredible CD "Three Waves", the trio effort by this very same rhythm section, you already know that Kuhn is capable of bringing down huge amounts of thunder and lightning during his piano solos with LaRoca and Swallow providing hurricane gales and torrential rain. Kuhn's solo builds to a crescendo that is amazing, with LaRoca relentlessly pouring on the heat. And back comes Joe to sustain this intensity to the fadeout. "Malaguena" is simply a thing of tremendous beauty and intensity and is NOT TO BE MISSED by any jazz fan. A "Performance For The Ages"!!
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The music on this session is simply top notch. The lineup consists of La Roca, Steve Kuhn on piano, Steve Swallow on bass, and the immortal Joe Henderson on tenor sax. Its Henderson who really makes this session classic. Particularly on his incendiary solos on "Malaguena" which is one of my personal favorite cuts in my jazz collection and certainly a definitive reading of the standard. Its quite latin sounding, with just a touch of avant-garde in Henderson's soloing. The rest of the program is quite varied with some nice ballads. Everything is excellent.
Perhaps the best part about this issue is the amazing sound quality. This title is part of the Japanese Rudy Van Gelder series and is one of the best sounding albums I've heard. Well worth the steep import price tag. Get it before its gone again.
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As far as I know drummer Pete LaRoca has only about 3 albums to his name and they're "Turkish Women at the Baths", "Basra" and a more recent return to the Blue Note label but the... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Dennis W. Wong
Playing around with the beat is one of the things that makes Jazz what it is, but as far as I'm concerned, Steve Kuhn ruins an otherwise wonderful date by playing too far behind... Read morePublished on April 27, 2005 by bluejim