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Mostly Coltrane

July 7, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Label: ECM
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  • Total Length: 1:16:49
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  • ASIN: B002EMMGMM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,239 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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All the musicians have a deep sensitivity for this music, which they play respectfully but creatively.
Douglas Groothuis
A wonderful tribute to John Coltrane by jazz master pianist Steve Kuhn and his trio with special guest tenor sax titan Joe Lovano.
RSProds
There is so much great music out there waiting to be heard that it is well nigh impossible to hear it all.
Kurt Harding

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Five ENJOYABLE Stars!! A wonderful tribute to John Coltrane by jazz master pianist Steve Kuhn and his trio with special guest tenor sax titan Joe Lovano. Jazz history tells us John Coltrane hired Steve Kuhn as his first pianist just after the "Giant Steps" recording, along with Steve Davis on bass & Pete La Roca (Sims) on drums, as 'Trane was preparing for his first two-week appearance with a working band at the Jazz Gallery in NYC. In a highly-charged 'revival'-like atmosphere, the audience response caused the gig to be extended many weeks. Kuhn manned the piano chair of this exciting group for 8 weeks before McCoy Tyner joined the group, with Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison joining later. Kuhn says working with Coltrane, his music, and energy is "something that will stay with me and has stayed with me as long as I live." For 5 decades, Kuhn has remained at the top of his 'two-handed pianist' game, among the greatest pianists and trio leaders in jazz history with longtime trio mates like Ron Carter and Al Foster. Tenor sax colossus Joe Lovano is also influenced by Coltrane, as well as Sonny Rollins, and upon first hearing him decades ago I immediately could tell his synthesis of influences was creating a new important tenor sax voice. He has since gone on to be a relentless musical explorer, like Kuhn, who has soared to the top of tenor sax jazz polls many times, certifying him among the best of all time. Mr Kuhn's trio is rounded out by two more longtime talented stablemates: the fiery Joey Baron on drums and David Finck's crucial bass underpinning.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on March 1, 2010
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This recording was one of my very favorites from 2009. Prior to auditioning it, I was a little doubtful of how well Joe Lovano's tenor would fit in with Kuhn's trio sound, but once that sound started pouring out of my speakers, I was immediately hooked. The opening cut had a particularly nostalgia-laden meaning for me, as John Coltrane's song "Welcome" was the closing cut on Carlos Santana's Welcome album. Although I had not heard the Santana version of the song in probably three decades, hearing this new version of it immediately brought a flood of (excuse the unintended pun) welcome memories to my musical mind.

As the album's title implies, most of the cuts on this recording are by and/or associated with the late John Coltrane, with whom Kuhn briefly served as pianist some 50 years ago. Lovano does not attempt to directly imitate Coltrane's sound, but he does an excellent job of evoking Coltrane's spirit. The whole group seems to approach this project not just with reverence, but with a genuine sense of adventure and excitement as the reinterpret this iconic music. A special highlight to my ears is their version of "Central Park West," which has a wonderful feeling of tenderness to it that is touching without sounding sentimental. "Song of Praise" is another wonderful interpretation, with some soulful blowing by Lovano.

The CD closes with Kuhn's trio playing his own composition, "Trance," which seems reflective of the spell under which the music on this recording was made. Although I have made mention mostly of Kuhn and Lovano, I must close by pointing out that bassist David Finck and drummer Joey Baron also contribute significantly to the proceedings, as does engineer James Farber, who does a superb job of capturing these powerful sounds.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on August 30, 2009
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Although not familiar with Mr. Kuhn's work, I had a veridical hunch that this recording would be excellent. Why?

1. Joe Lovano, one of the most distinctive and virtuosic saxophonists of our time played on it.

2. Mr. Kuhn had played briefly with John Coltrane in early 1960.

3. It was the music of John Coltrane.

4. ECM, the incomparable, was the label.

All the musicians have a deep sensitivity for this music, which they play respectfully but creatively. You feel the spirit of Trane, but as it is reflected throught the prism of each of these superb musicians. Mr. Kuhn is a rich and sometimes surprising pianist. Mr. Lovano has gotten completely inside these pieces and Trane's playing as well. He is confident in his own voice, yet inspired by the feel of Trane. Mr. Baron is highly creative and plays the difficult no-time pieces flawlessly.

The band plays material from all of Trane's moods, including some of the more difficult late-period music, which takes considerable courage to play. They execute it all flawlessly.

There is beauty in this world. Let us give thanks and enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Speedy VINE VOICE on December 7, 2009
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This has some of my favorite things in the Coltrane recorded (or recorded live) output. And, no, it does not include 'my favorite things'. It starts off with 'Welcome' a tune i loved played by the Santana Band when i was a kid, not even knowing it was a Coltrane tune. Then it goes easy like a river through mostly Coltrane tunes. Two tunes are by Kuhn, nine by Coltrane and a couple of standards that Coltrane probably played too (but i am not sure why they were picked in this playlist...what i do know is they fit perfectly with the others). This has some of the most distinguished cats in the jazz world. David Fink is probably the least known but has been with Kuhn for about 15 years at least as i own another Kuhn cd from the 90s and he plays there. Tremendous acoustic bass chops, elegance and intelligence. Kuhn works on the more 'romantic' side of the piano while the others keep things tight or open and free, depending on the tune. Lovano is, as always, just great and a joy to listen to. Great cd, and a must if you are a Coltrane or Kuhn fan.
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