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Steve Kuhn
Life's Backward Glances - Solo And Quartet

Steve Kuhn piano
Sheila Jordan voice
Steve Slagle soprano and alto saxophones, flute
Harvie Swartz double-bass
Michael Smith drums
Bob Moses drums
 
Motility (CD 1)

The Rain Forest
Oceans In The Sky
Catherine
Bittersweet Passages
Deep Tango
Motility / The Child Is Gone
A Danse For One
Places I've Never Been

Playground (CD 2)

Tomorrow's Son
Gentle Thoughts
Poem For No. 15
The Zoo
Deep Tango
Life's Backward Glance

Ecstasy (CD 3)

Silver
Prelude in G
Ulla
Thoughts of a Gentleman - The Saga of Harrison Crabfeathers
Life's Backward Glance

Recorded 1977 (CD 1), 1979 (CD 2), 1974 (CD 3)
ECM 2090_92

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This collection brings together three much sought-after recordings by Steve Kuhn: the solo piano album Ecstasy (recorded 1974), and two quartet albums. Motility (1977) features the band of the same name with saxophonist Steve Slagle in the front line, while Playground (1979) is the album that introduced the Steve Kuhn-Sheila Jordan Quartet. Singer Jordan is of course one of the great jazz vocalists, and this was an inspired teaming. Kuhn himself is a superlative pianist of vast gifts; each of these recordings illuminates another aspect of his work. Of these three discs only “Ecstasy” was previously available on compact disc, and then only in Japan. “Motility” and “Playground” here receive their first CD releases.