|This is a re-release of the Japanese release "Waltz Red Side" on Venus Records.
Steve Kuhn has worked in many types of settings through the years. He began classical piano lessons when he was five, studied with Madame Chaloff, and accompanied her son, baritonist Serge Chaloff, on some gigs when the pianist was 14. He freelanced in Boston as a teenager, graduated from Harvard, and moved to New York where he worked with Kenny Dorham's group (1959-1960). Kuhn was the original pianist in John Coltrane's Quartet, playing for two months before McCoy Tyner succeeded him. He was with the bands of Stan Getz (1961-1963) and Art Farmer (1964-1966), lived in Europe (1967- 1970), and then returned to the U.S. in 1971. After a period playing commercial music, he formed an acoustic trio in the mid-'80s, which has been his main vehicle ever since.
Steve Kuhn, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Billy Drummond recorded this session for Venus, the Japanese label, that specializes in great recordings by great jazz pianists. The program of nine tracks is almost exclusively made of tunes by the likes of Henri Mancini and Michel Legrand. Two originals by Steve Kuhn include the title track.