Kuhn, Swallow & Baron: Wisteria | ECM 2794578

Kuhn, Swallow & Baron: Wisteria


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Label: ECM

Cat No: 2794578

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 30th April 2012



Steve Kuhn (piano)
Steve Swallow (bass)
Joey Baron (drums)


Steve Kuhn (piano)
Steve Swallow (bass)
Joey Baron (drums)


Wisdom and wistfulness are intertwined in “Wisteria”, whose title track, written by Art Farmer, takes us back to the early 60s, when both Steve Kuhn and Steve Swallow sang softly of the blues in the trumpeter-flugelhornist’s band. They’ve shared a lot of history since then. Swallow played on Kuhn’s classic “Trance”; Kuhn played on Swallow’s “Home” and “So There”. Drummer Joey Baron has been heard with Kuhn on ECM discs including “Remembering Tomorrow” and the dazzling tribute disc “Mostly Coltrane”. This new album takes a fresh look at several pieces heard in Kuhn’s orchestral “Promises Kept” collection, but alongside the aching balladry there is also some driving hard bop (on “A Likely Story”) , a brace of Swallow tunes (“Dark Glasses”), Carla Bley’s gospel-tinged “Permanent Wave” and the Brazilian “Romance” by Dori Caymmi… In all, a varied programme that the trio seems to sail through effortlessly, master musicians beyond the need to prove anything, creating the agreeable illusion that this demanding music is playing itself.

1. Chalet (Steve Kuhn)
2. Adagio (Kuhn)
3. Morning Dew (Kuhn)
4. Romance (Dori Caymmi)
5. Permanent Wave (Carla Bley)
6. A Likely Story (Kuhn)
7. Pastorale (Kuhn)
8. Wisteria (Art Farmer)
9. Dark Glasses (Steve Swallow)
10. Promises Kept (Kuhn)
11. Good Lookin' Rookie (Swallow)

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