Monday, January 2, 2017

Joachim Kuhn - 1976 - Hip Elegy

Joachim Kuhn 
Hip Elegy

01 Seven Sacred Pools
02 Travelling Love
03 Bed Stories
04 Hip Elegy in Kingsize
05 Santa Cruz
06 First Frisco

Bass – John Lee
Drums – Alphonse Mouzon
Guitar – Philip Catherine
Percussion – Naná Vasconcelos
Piano – Joachim Kühn
Producer – Joachim Ernst Berendt
Trumpet – Terumasa Hino

Recorded at Ton Studio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany on Nov. 2-4, 1975.

This group was assembled on the occasion of the jubilee concerts celebrating Joachim-E. Berendts 5000th radio program on Südwestfunk, Germany.

Please, if possible, listen loud (your neighbour will be grateful)

Although not a free jazz musician, per se, Kuhn has been an avant-gardist; he began attempting a fusion of contemporary classical elements with jazz very early in his career. Kuhn's intense virtuosity is a reflection of his training. He studied classical composition and piano for 12 years, beginning when he was a small child. He performed as a classical pianist up until 1961, at which point he began playing in a Prague-based jazz quintet. He led a trio from 1962-1966, and in 1964 began playing with his much-older brother Rolf Kuhn, an accomplished clarinetist. In the '70s, Joachim Kuhn led his own groups, and played with the violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Kuhn had a measure of commercial success in the '70s. His star faded a bit in the '80s, but Kuhn kept active, playing challenging forms of jazz and recording occasionally. A 1997 release, Colors: Live From Leipzig, a duo with Ornette Coleman, helped fuel new interest in Kuhn; both men were in top form and the album received excellent reviews.



  2. Nice! Thanks a lot!