Steve Kuhn
Quiereme Mucho
SSC1145
2005-11-08
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Andalucia - 07:55
Besame Mucho - 08:01
Siempre En Mi Corazon - 06:44
Duerme - 05:37
Quiereme Mucho - 04:52
Tres Palabras - 09:45

 

Musicians:
Steve Kuhn - piano
David Finck - bass
Al Foster - drums

On his new CD, Quireme Mucho, the follow-up to his 2003 Sunnyside release Love Walked In, Kuhn – along with drummer Al Foster and bassist David Finck -- changes the sonic and syncopated citizenship of six classic Latin American compositions by Ernesto Lecuona, Miguel Prado, Osvaldo Farres, Gonzalo Roig, and Consuelo Velazques, into swinging, modern jazz. As everyone knows, Latin rhythms have always been involved in jazz, ever since Jelly Roll Morton talked about the importance of the “Spanish Tinge” in the early Twentieth Century. Kuhn’s propulsive, yet poetic pianisms, buoyed by Foster’s thick and elastic drum licks and Finck’s rocksteady basslines (with the exception of the pretty bolero take on Roig’s title selection) extend, elaborate, and refine the south-of-the-border signatures of these splendid songs, not with tired, “Latin jazz” phrases, but with inspired neo-bop intelligence. Lecuona’s “Andalucia,” and “Siempre En Mi Corazon,” dance with an uptempo, Art Blakey/Jazz Messenger bounce. Prado’s “Duerme,” Farres’s “Tres Palabras,” and Velazques’s much loved “Besame Mucho” are also treated with rhythmically riveting and melodically romantic readings.

Reviews:

… Kuhn’s style ranges from bop to modal jazz and encompasses impressionistic playing and dissonant harmony; he takes a quasi-orchestral approach to the keyboard.” Kuhn’s impressive and encyclopedic approach is aurally evident on this splendid date.
Paul Rinzler and Barry Kernfeld The New Grove Encyclopedia of Jazz

we should be thankful that Quiéreme Mucho—a thoroughly engaging mainstream set that turns the idea of approaching a Latin repertoire on its side—has finally found a home on Sunnyside Records.
John Kelman, All About Jazz

Kuhn is one of the best and most underrated (or, rather, unrated, since he doesn’t seem to be discussed that much at all) pianists who came of age in the 1960s, . The result is a bright, swinging trio album that should have broad appeal to piano jazz fans.
Joshua Weiner

Kuhn is known for his freshly imagined, erudite, personal interpretations of known material. All the tunes on Quireme Mucho are popular Latin American classics.
Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times, February 2005,
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Pianist Steve Kuhn has never been the type to stand still by sticking to one approach to his instrument, but has sought to explore many different possibilities during his recording sessions. These..are worhty examples of his extensive discography.
Ken Dryden, AllAboutJazz-0706
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