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Rolf KUHN Jazzgroup – Going To The Rainbow 1971

Posted in JAZZ, Rolf KUHN on December 9, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Rolf KUHN Jazzgroup – Going To The Rainbow 1971
Recorded at the Cornet-Studios, Cologne on December 14/15, 1970
CRC 008

Jazz

Rolf Kuhn’s style has evolved through the years. The clarinetist started out playing in German dance bands in the late ’40s. He worked with radio orchestras starting in 1952 and moved to the U.S. in 1956. Kuhn subbed for Benny Goodman on a few occasions during 1957-1958, played in the Tommy Dorsey ghost band (1958), and worked in a big band led by Urbie Green (1958-1960). In 1962, Kuhn returned to Germany, where he has explored more adventurous styles of jazz (including dates with his younger brother, keyboardist Joachim Kuhn) but still occasionally shows off his ties to swing. Kuhn recorded with an all-star group called Winner’s Circle (1957), Toshiko Akiyoshi (1958), and as a leader starting in 1953, including a 1956 New York quartet date for Vanguard. By Scott Yanow. AMG.
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After three decades of liaisons with legends such as Herbie Hancock and Georgie Fame, Skidmore only really needs his smouldering saxophone to get us drooling. As usual he massages and then assaults our ears with the kind of heady, devotional jazz that gets even the non-smokers in the audience gagging for a cigarette. His set comprises music written by John Coltrane and the band is obviously at home evoking his slow-burning dreamscapes and his fiery crescendos. As they strike up with Resolution you would swear that Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison and McCoy Tyner are in the room, so authentic are those swelling sheets of sound.
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Sure enough nothing mentioned about Kuhn at 1970s…..
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Bass – Peter Warren
Clarinet – Rolf Kühn
Drums – Tony Oxley
Electric Piano – Chick Corea
Piano, Organ – Joachim Kühn
Saxophone [Baritone, Soprano], Electric Piano – John Surman
Saxophone [Tenor] – Alan Skidmore
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A1. Houndhouse Rock  4:50
Composed By – Rolf Kühn
A2. Sad Ballade  3:39
Composed By – Joachim Kühn
A3. T.C.B.  9:45
Composed By – Alan Skidmore
B1. Going To The Rainbow  12:55
Composed By – Rolf Kühn
B2. Racing It Down  6:55
Composed By – John Surman
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Rolf & Joachim KUHN – Music For Two Brothers 1998

Posted in JAZZ, Joachim KUHN, Rolf KUHN on December 2, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Rolf & Joachim KUHN – Music For Two Brothers 1998
Collection of recordings by Rolf & Joachim Kühn from the period 1969 – 1980.

Jazz

Although not a free jazz musician, per se, Kuhn has been an avant-gardist; he began attempting a fusion of contemporary classical elements with jazz very early in his career. Kuhn’s intense virtuosity is a reflection of his training. He studied classical composition and piano for 12 years, beginning when he was a small child. He performed as a classical pianist up until 1961, at which point he began playing in a Prague-based jazz quintet. He led a trio from 1962-1966, and in 1964 began playing with his much-older brother Rolf Kuhn, an accomplished clarinetist. In the ’70s, Joachim Kuhn led his own groups, and played with the violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Kuhn had a measure of commercial success in the ’70s. His star faded a bit in the ’80s, but Kuhn kept active, playing challenging forms of jazz and recording occasionally. A 1997 release, Colors Live From Leipzig, a duo with Ornette Coleman, helped fuel new interest in Kuhn; both men were in top form and the album received excellent reviews.

Rolf Kuhn’s style has evolved through the years. The clarinetist started out playing in German dance bands in the late ’40s. He worked with radio orchestras starting in 1952 and moved to the U.S. in 1956. Kuhn subbed for Benny Goodman on a few occasions during 1957-1958, played in the Tommy Dorsey ghost band (1958), and worked in a big band led by Urbie Green (1958-1960). In 1962, Kuhn returned to Germany, where he has explored more adventurous styles of jazz (including dates with his younger brother, keyboardist Joachim Kuhn) but still occasionally shows off his ties to swing. Kuhn recorded with an all-star group called Winner’s Circle (1957), Toshiko Akiyoshi (1958), and as a leader starting in 1953, including a 1956 New York quartet date for Vanguard.
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Joachim Kühn
Rolf Kühn
Philip Catherine
J.F. Jenny-Clark
Jacques Thollot
Stu Martin
Phil Woods
Peter Warren
Oliver Johnson
Naná Vasconcelos
Randy Brecker
Toto Blanke
Palle Danielsson
Daniel Humair
Zbigniew Seiffert
John Lee
Gerry Brown
Gerd Dudek
Albert Mangelsdorff
Philip Catherine
Bo Stief
Kasper Winding
Alphonse Mouzon
Thilo von Westernhagen
Claus-Robert Kruse
Niels-Henning Ørsted-Pedersen
Bruno Castellucci
Charlie Mariano
Herb Geller
Larry Elam
Mannie Moch
Klaus Blodau
Wolfgang Ahlers
Ronald Pisarkiewiez
Christian Heinrich
Ronald Hoogeveen
Friedemann Kober
Dirk Kummer
Kazuo Murnaka
Michael Pohl
Volker Schell
Uwe Trietkau
Moshe Ben Dor
Heinz-Otto Graf
Jürgen Paulmann
Konrad Haesler
Raimund Korup
Wolfgang Schlüter
Peter Weihe
Paul Kubatsc
Klaus Blodau
Wolfgang Ahlers
Egon Christmann
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01. My Friend The Yogi 3:51
02. Ca. 1-9-5-2 7:04
03. Made In Spain 7:06
04. Music For Two Brothers 8:26
05. One String More 8:14
06. Uncle Archibald 6:38
07. Hip Elegy In Kingsize 8:35
08. First Frisco 7:11
09. Swampfire (Part 1) 9:44
10. One More Bass Hit (Dedicated To My Mother) 6:46
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