Joachim Kühn / Alexey Kruglov

Moscow

Price: € 22.95
Format: CD
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427962324
Catnr: ACT 9623
Release date: 28 February 2014
Buy
1 CD
✓ in stock
€ 22.95
Buy
 
Label
ACT music
UPC
0614427962324
Catalogue number
ACT 9623
Release date
28 February 2014

""Moscow is a wonderful album into the large oeuvre of Kühn and a highlight in the DuoArt series of ACT"

Jazzflits, 24-4-2014
Album
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
Press
EN

About the album

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 also the reason why “Moscow” was made:

When Joachim Kühn received the invitation from the Goethe Institute to play two concerts in Russia, he immediately did some research on the scene there. He contacted his friend, the author Marc Sarrazy, who was working on a book about Russian jazz at the time, and asked for his advice.

He recommended one name in particular to Kühn: Alexey Kruglov. This saxophonist, born in 1979 is considered to be one of the greatest Russian jazz talents. Kühn saw himself in Kruglov right away – someone who thought the same way musically, a wild young man whose playing impressed as much with power and explosiveness as with sophistication and soul. A musician without blinders, who was a confessed jazz man but who didn't disregard tradition, and who was an expert in the art music of the occident. In brief: a man with many facets and the desire to discover new things.

Kühn contacted Kruglov. They talked. On the afternoon before the Moscow concert they met each other personally and then musically that evening on the stage, with Kruglov joining in for a few numbers. The chemistry was right from the start, and things went very fast from there: Kühn cancelled his planned Moscow sightseeing tour for the next day and instead rented the studio of the Russian broadcasting association, that enormous hall with fantastic acoustics, where normally the Moscow Symphony Orchestra is at home. Each of them brought a few pieces along, and Kühn also had two titles from Ornette Coleman with him.

The album was recorded in just four hours – almost all first takes. “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.

With “Moscow”, an essential recording of contemporary jazz enriches the ACT Duo Art series, which has the mission of documenting magical dialogues.
The musicians would like to thank Marc Sarrazy, who had the idea to bring us together.
The recording was supported by Goethe Institut Moscow. Special thanks to Dr. Wolf Iro for his involvement.

Artist(s)

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.

Press

"Moscow is a wonderful album into the large oeuvre of Kühn and a highlight in the DuoArt series of ACT
Jazzflits, 24-4-2014

Frans
Focus, 01-4-2014

The combination of the two sounds so natural that it seems like they already played together for years
Rootstime.be

Play album

You might also like..

Touch the Light
Joachim Kühn
Touch the Light (vinyl)
Joachim Kühn
Speaking Sound
Joachim Kühn & Mateusz Smoczyński
Piano Works XIII
Joachim Kühn
Piano Works XIII (vinyl)
Joachim Kühn
Sfumato live in Marciac
Emile Parisien Quintet & Guests
Love & Peace
Joachim Kühn New Trio
Sfumato
Emile Parisien Quintet
Beauty & Truth
Joachim Kühn New Trio