Steve Kuhn is in a fun-loving mood on this trio date from 1990, accompanied by bassist David Finck and drummer Lewis Nash. His one original of the session, “Looking Back,” is full of humorous moments in a driving post-bop setting, and his lagging a bit behind the beat while giving Dave Brubeck’s “The Duke” a bit of an oriental sound at times is almost tongue-in-cheek. But not everything is played with a twinkle in his eye; “Stella by Starlight” is lush and dramatic, as is Michel Colombier’s pretty ballad “Emmanuel.” Kuhn captures the droll mood of the golden oldie “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You” with a campy, almost country-flavored approach. This is an outstanding date by a veteran musician who’s always deserving of wider recognition for his efforts. – Ken Drydenmore »
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