Steve Kuhn: Oceans in the Sky
Oceans in the Sky
Steve Kuhn (piano)
Oceans in the Sky (Owl SSC 3508)
Recorded: Paris, September 20-21, 1989
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
In this ostinato-based tune, Steve Kuhn demonstrates his ability to build rhythmic tension with his mastery of the full range of the piano in an almost classically influenced approach to a simple but effective melody. This driving composition ebbs and flows, anchored by Miroslav Vitous's firm basslines and Aldo Romano's relentless drumming. With this able rhythm section supporting him, Kuhn transports us in an almost astral conveyance through his impassioned playing. You can envision the pianist with his use of a fluttering right hand behind a percussive left building himself to a frenzy reminiscent of the great classical concert pianists at their finest. Kuhn's music is a noteworthy hybrid that is hard to pigeonhole. Admirably, he has always been a slightly off-center artist with his own unique style and voice, all the while remaining firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. He is a player who should be more widely appreciated.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello