If inquisitiveness has a name, it is Joachim Kühn. At his 70th anniversary his finger is still on the pulse of the times. On finding some new contacts, this time he arrived in Moscow. Together with one of the biggest Russian Jazz talents, Alexey Kruglov, whose playing impresses as much with power and explosiveness as with sophistication and soul, Kühn moves arround distinctive motifs and spreading freedom. “It’s the feeling that counts,” says Kühn of the recording session. And that feeling can be heard and felt in every note of this meeting of two music generations.
If inquisitiveness has a name, it is Joachim Kühn. Indeed, there are few jazz musicians who have run the musical spectrum as far as this pianist. Born in 1944, Kühn has performed together with classical musicians such as the St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig, lit up the fusion scene on the American west coast in the 1970s, played with avant-gardists the likes of Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Michel Portal and his brother Rolf, set standards in his trio with Daniel Humair and J.F. Jenny-Clark, and dedicated himself to a northern-African world jazz together with Majid Bekkas and Ramon Lopez.Kühn’s finger is always on the pulse of the times, and so it is no surprise that he repeatedly seeks the company of visionary young musicians. The piano summit “Live at Schloss Elmau” (2009) with Michael Wollny bears witness to this, and is als...line up
Produced by Joachim Kühn / Alexey Kruglov
Mixed by Maxim Khaikin
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Cover Art by Philip Taaffe / ACT Art Collection