Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Killer Kuhn!

Steve Kuhn - Steve Kuhn Buddah BDS-5098 (1971)

This album is just so damn good - it hurts. Kuhn's tour de force and definitely his hardest to find - this deserves a huge audience and warrants a sorely needed reissue.

Beauty, depth and weight in equal measure. Monster washes of fender rhodes, tender and soulful lyricism supported by a heavyweight cast which includes pumping bass by none other than Ron Carter, funky but never overpowering drums by Billy Cobham - in fact I've never heard him play better and percussion by Airto Moreira. Add to this already mouth-watering line-up a small string section arranged by Gary McFarland and we have a very special LP indeed.

I believe this was Gary McFarland's final recording date before his untimely and mysterious death but what a way to go..! Saying that though, this is all about Steve Kuhn and it's plainly his show - a handful of his finest compositions delivered in definitive fashion. I envy your first listen.

1) Pearlie's Swine (aka The Zoo)
2) Silver
3) Time To Go (aka Tomorrow's Song)
4) The Heat Of The Moment
5) The Baby (aka Saharan)
6) Hold Out Your Hand (aka The Drinking Song)
7) The Meaning of Love
8) Ulla (aka Remembering Tomorrow)

47 comments:

Quimsy said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/170006631/Steve_Kuhn_-_Steve_Kuhn__1971_.zip

avocado kid said...

another rare treasure...

ish said...

Thanks very much. Was just enjoying Kuhn's "Trance" from another site. Can't imagine what he'd be like with McFarland and Airto. But ecstatic at the opportunity to find out!

Solomon said...

Thank you.

Reza said...

Hey looking forward to this , thanks

will drop you email :)

Simon666 said...

Absolutely fantastic, classic Quimsy stuff, love it, thanks!

g.raf said...

A real treat!
Thank you Quimsy.

mickymost said...

Blimey! never thought I'd find 'Hold out your hand' in it's entirety again since I lost my tape of an old Gilles Peterson Jazz fm show...God bless you sir.

Gianni said...

wonderful post.
thank you

fritz the cat said...

lovely album, thanks

Anonymous said...

Sublime! Cheers, Quimsy!

Any backstory on the Karin Krog connection?

il angelo said...

A very very special LP indeed, love the reworking of the akas. Thanks Quimsy-

Missy said...

THANKYOUUUUUUUUU!!! I've been looking for this album forever. I love "The Meaning Of Love"
:D

katonah said...

fuckin awesome!

k said...

thanks, this looks good

Hanimex 3000 said...

oh my! First time I can see how looks the sleeve of this album!! Thaaaaaaaaanks!!!
N.

Reza said...

hi , hope you got my email ok re saturday ...

Cabinboy said...

a while back jorge lopez ruiz racies I and II were put up by jazz nekko somewhere, does anyone have those links by chance? tks! and merry christmas, happy holidays!

simonsee43 said...

Best thing i've listened to in ages!!!!!!

Thank you!

HiFiTunes said...

Many Thanks Quimsy

Miles said...

now this is a treat! my christmas just came 2 weeks after the event. thanks!

Jon said...

looking for this one for so many years!!! thanks so much!

mbari said...

Amazing... love the way it all goes to pieces on "The Heat of the Moment"! BTW, some years later Karin Krog recorded an amazing album with Steve Kuhn and some of these songs - "We Could Be Flying"... if anyone has a link?

Forbidden Islander said...

tasty!

Baby Grandpa said...

Fabulous. And what a joy to listen to. This Steve Khun gem is awesome.

Gary McFarland fans might want to check out this!

Peace,

BG

johnv said...

Woderful stuff, thanks Quimsy

cosmic cheese said...

great stuff, thanks man

http://www.cosmiccheese.blogspot.com
rare psych/jazz

J Thyme...kind said...

Wow! A rare treat indeed! Kinda mind-blowing.

taro nombei said...

a beautiful post.
MUCH appreciated.
TN

Anonymous said...

Thanks Quimsy!
Stratis

Anonymous said...

thanks q

the jazzstronaut said...

Great one, this.....thanx.

Anonymous said...

greatgreatgreat 1000thx

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Always wanted to get into Ms. Zetterland and having a great Steve Kuhn album as well, what can I say?

Sillypsybin said...

Nice collection here! Thanks for taking the time to put this site together.

Speaking of Gary McFarland's last session, I've been looking for McFarland's last album released under his own name, with Peter Smith, called "Butterscotch Rum".... also released on Buddha... It's a strange album, a departure for McFarland, it's kinda limp pop with Peter Smith on vocals, I think most people seem to hate it, but I have to say I actually really like it quite a bit..... but then again I often like the music everyone else hates...

The Steve Kuhn album posted here (which was also released on Buddha close to the same time as Butterscotch Rum) is the nearest thing to what Butterscotch Rums sounds like.

Tony said...

Quimsy, is it possible to get a repost? File removed from RS
http://littlejazzarium.blogspot.com

blueunclechas said...

Amazing blog! thanks! could you re-post Steve Kuhn 1971 (Buddah). Dead Link. Nowhere else to be found! it's up to you! Please.
TY
BUC

Stanley said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/244125159/Steve_Kuhn_-_Steve_Kuhn_-_1971.rar

Anonymous said...

^ thank U stanley! :D

OldHippieRick said...

beyond awesome! BIG Thanks indeed
¿. ☮ldhíppíℯЯíck ♪

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Krzywicki said...

looking for this one for so many years!!! thanks so much!

WE LIKE IKE! said...

Any way to get a new link? I would LOVE to hear this and can't find anywhere else. Thanks so much.

WE LIKE IKE! said...

Hey can anyone hit me up with an updated link? I would LOVE to hear this and appreciate sharing the love. Thanks!

Quimsy said...

New Link
http://rapidshare.com/files/2586194260/SK71.rar

mappy said...

thanks! but link is dead :(

Friday said...

any chance of a re-up of this ? would really appreciate it !!