Joachim Kühn New Trio, Beauty & Truth, ACT
For more than half a century the German piano virtuoso Joachim Kühn has made it all but impossible to categorize his music. He, bassist Chris Jennings and drummer Eric Schaefer begin his eclectic new album with Ornette Coleman’s title composition and end with Gil Evans’ 1957 masterpiece “Blues For Pablo.” In the course of the program Kühn plays The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm” and “The End,” Gershwin’s “Summertime,” Kryzyszstof Komeda’s brooding “Sleep Safe And Warm” from the score of Rosemary’s Baby and “Sleep On It” by the techno-digital-reggae-new-wave band Stand High Patrol. Kühn the composer contributes three pieces, including “Machineria,” which is not as mechanical as its title suggests. Indeed, his keyboard touch and interaction with Jennings and Schaefer give it the warmth of a slow boil. For a review of this trio in live performance, go here and scroll down.