JOACHIM KÜHN

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Joachim Kurt Kühn (born 15 March 1944) is a German jazz pianist.

Kühn was a musical prodigy and made his debut as a concert pianist, having studied classical piano and composition with Arthur Schmidt-Elsey. Influenced by his elder brother, clarinetist Rolf Kühn, he simultaneously got interested in jazz. In 1961 he became a professional jazz musician. With a trio of his own, founded in 1964, he presented the first free jazz in the GDR. In 1966 he left the country and settled in Hamburg. Together with his brother he played at the Newport Jazz Festival and recorded with Jimmy Garrison for Bob Thiele's Impulse! Records.

Kühn has lived in Paris since 1968, and worked with Don Cherry, Karl Berger, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Michel Portal, Barre Phillips, Eje Thelin, Ray Lema, Hellmut Hattler, and Jean-Luc Ponty. As a member of Pierre Courbois's Association P.C., he turned to electronic keyboards. During the second
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JOACHIM KÜHN albums / top albums

JOACHIM KÜHN Bold Music album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Bold Music
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
JOACHIM KÜHN Sound Of Feelings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sound Of Feelings
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn & Rolf Kühn : Bloody Rockers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn & Rolf Kühn : Bloody Rockers
Fusion 1969
JOACHIM KÜHN Paris Is Wonderful album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Is Wonderful
Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
JOACHIM KÜHN In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Paris
Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
JOACHIM KÜHN Solos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solos
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
JOACHIM KÜHN Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
JOACHIM KÜHN Interchange album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Interchange
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
JOACHIM KÜHN This Way Out album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
This Way Out
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
JOACHIM KÜHN Cinemascope album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Cinemascope
Fusion 1974
JOACHIM KÜHN Hip Elegy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hip Elegy
Fusion 1976
JOACHIM KÜHN Springfever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Springfever
Fusion 1976
JOACHIM KÜHN Charisma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charisma
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JOACHIM KÜHN Sunshower album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sunshower
Fusion 1978
JOACHIM KÜHN Don't Stop Me Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Stop Me Now
Jazz Related Rock 1979
JOACHIM KÜHN Snow in the Desert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Snow in the Desert
Third Stream 1980
JOACHIM KÜHN Nightline New York album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightline New York
Fusion 1981
JOACHIM KÜHN Solos And Duos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solos And Duos
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
JOACHIM KÜHN United Nations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
United Nations
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn Quartett album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn Quartett
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
JOACHIM KÜHN Don't Split album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Split
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
JOACHIM KÜHN I'm Not Dreaming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm Not Dreaming
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
JOACHIM KÜHN Distance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Distance
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1984
JOACHIM KÜHN Easy To Read album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Easy To Read
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
JOACHIM KÜHN Wandlungen : Transformations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wandlungen : Transformations
Avant-Garde Jazz 1986
JOACHIM KÜHN Time Exposure album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Time Exposure
Third Stream 1987
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn/Walter Quintus: Dark album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn/Walter Quintus: Dark
Third Stream 1988
JOACHIM KÜHN From Time to Time Free (with Daniel Humair & J.F. Jenny Clark) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From Time to Time Free (with Daniel Humair & J.F. Jenny Clark)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
JOACHIM KÜHN Situations album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Situations
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1988
JOACHIM KÜHN Dynamics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dynamics
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn / Mark Nauseef / Tony Newton / Miroslav Tadic : Let's Be Generous album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn / Mark Nauseef / Tony Newton / Miroslav Tadic : Let's Be Generous
Eclectic Fusion 1991
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn, Walter Quintus ‎: Get Up Early album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn, Walter Quintus ‎: Get Up Early
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1991
JOACHIM KÜHN Carambolage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Carambolage
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JOACHIM KÜHN Famous Melodies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Famous Melodies
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1993
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn, Daniel Humair, Jean-François Jenny-Clark : Usual Confusion album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn, Daniel Humair, Jean-François Jenny-Clark : Usual Confusion
Avant-Garde Jazz 1993
JOACHIM KÜHN Abstracts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Abstracts
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1994
JOACHIM KÜHN Europeana: Jazzphony No.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Europeana: Jazzphony No.1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
JOACHIM KÜHN Die Drei Groschenoper -Musicfrom Three Penny Opera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Die Drei Groschenoper -Musicfrom Three Penny Opera
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOACHIM KÜHN Triple Entente album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Triple Entente
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
JOACHIM KÜHN The Diminished Augmented System album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Diminished Augmented System
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOACHIM KÜHN Universal Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Universal Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn, Rolf Kühn ‎: Love Stories album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn, Rolf Kühn ‎: Love Stories
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2003
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn With Jean-Paul Celea And Wolfgang Reisinger ‎: Poison album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn With Jean-Paul Celea And Wolfgang Reisinger ‎: Poison
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2005
JOACHIM KÜHN Sometime Ago album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sometime Ago
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOACHIM KÜHN Piano Works 1: Allegro Vivace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Piano Works 1: Allegro Vivace
Third Stream 2005
JOACHIM KÜHN Europeana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Europeana
World Fusion 2006
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas with Ramon Lopez : Kalimba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas with Ramon Lopez : Kalimba
World Fusion 2007
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas - Ramon Lopez ‎: Out Of The Desert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas - Ramon Lopez ‎: Out Of The Desert
World Fusion 2009
JOACHIM KÜHN Solos, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solos, Volume 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
JOACHIM KÜHN Soundtime (Solo Piano 2006 - 2010) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundtime (Solo Piano 2006 - 2010)
Third Stream 2010
JOACHIM KÜHN Plays Lili Marleen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plays Lili Marleen
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2011
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas - Ramon Lopez ‎: Chalaba album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Joachim Kühn - Majid Bekkas - Ramon Lopez ‎: Chalaba
World Fusion 2011
JOACHIM KÜHN Free Ibiza album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Ibiza
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2011
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn Trio inviting Archie Shepp: Voodoo Sense album cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
Joachim Kühn Trio inviting Archie Shepp: Voodoo Sense
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOACHIM KÜHN Duo Art: Moscow (with  Alexey Kruglov) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Duo Art: Moscow (with Alexey Kruglov)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
JOACHIM KÜHN Beauty & Truth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beauty & Truth
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOACHIM KÜHN Two Lives album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Lives
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2017
JOACHIM KÜHN Love & Peace album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love & Peace
21st Century Modern 2018
JOACHIM KÜHN Melodic Ornette Coleman album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melodic Ornette Coleman
21st Century Modern 2019
JOACHIM KÜHN Speaking Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Speaking Sound
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2020

JOACHIM KÜHN EPs & splits

JOACHIM KÜHN live albums

JOACHIM KÜHN Live ! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live !
Fusion 1979
JOACHIM KÜHN Live Theatre de la Ville, Paris, 1989 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Theatre de la Ville, Paris, 1989
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
JOACHIM KÜHN Bach Now! Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bach Now! Live
Third Stream 2002
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn / Quatuor IXI ‎: Phrasen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn / Quatuor IXI ‎: Phrasen
Third Stream 2005
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn & Michael Wollny ‎: Piano Works, Vol. IX: Live At Schloss Elmau album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn & Michael Wollny ‎: Piano Works, Vol. IX: Live At Schloss Elmau
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2009
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn Trio & hr-Bigband : Out Of The Desert Live At Jazzfest Berlin album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Joachim Kühn Trio & hr-Bigband : Out Of The Desert Live At Jazzfest Berlin
World Fusion 2011
JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn : Birthday Edition / Europeana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joachim Kühn : Birthday Edition / Europeana
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014

JOACHIM KÜHN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

JOACHIM KÜHN re-issues & compilations

JOACHIM KÜHN Cinemascope / Piano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cinemascope / Piano
Fusion 1978
JOACHIM KÜHN The Kühn Humair Jenny-Clark : Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Kühn Humair Jenny-Clark : Collection
Progressive Big Band 1998
JOACHIM KÜHN Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collection
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
JOACHIM KÜHN Collectors Premium Jazz: I'm Not Dreaming / Dynamics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Collectors Premium Jazz: I'm Not Dreaming / Dynamics
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014

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JOACHIM KÜHN Situations

Album · 1988 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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NOT FOR MASSAGE THERAPY

For those of you who weren't there, the late 1980s were a very unique time in the history of jazz. Suddenly the music was acceptably hip, and was seen and heard everywhere, all with the media's full support and approval. It was what some have called the "Armani Suits/Skinny Ties" era of jazz, and many peripheral figures briefly found themselves in the spotlight for 15 minutes of fame. Such was the case for Joachim Kuhn when he released this album in early 1988.

Kuhn, best known in Europe, had been recording since the mid-1960s and was even a semi-prominent figure in the mid-1970s fusion scene. By the time Situations was released, he had already recorded a number of solo piano and piano trio albums, most of which had hideous cover art and were only sporadically available to his small-but-devoted following. When George Winston albums started going multi-platinum, Atlantic Records gave this album a major push before (naturally) dropping and forgetting all about him after the moment had passed.

So why are we discussing Situations today? Because it's a masterful solo piano album that truly transcends its release date. Don't for a moment think this is background music for candlelit dinners. The virtuosic "Delicate Pain" begins with startling vigor and passes through many tempo changes before returning to the original passionate fire it opened with. The impressionistic "Lunch in the Rain" betrays Kuhn's classical background, moving from a stately opening, through reflective moods, before reaching a crystalline peak. The best known song on this album, "Hauswomen Song" originally appeared on a compilation entitled Piano One, released on the Private Music label in late 1985. This longer version is one of Kuhn's most memorable compositions ever, brimful of hummable melodies. "Sensitive Detail" is a leisurely intermezzo before an indefinite conclusion, and the album closes with the dark-yet-warm beauty of "Refuge". Yet it's the first track, the exploratory "Situation", that most effectively captures the contemplative mood of its time.

The uncreditted package design (and the late 1980s zeitgeist) probably led many people to unfairly file this album under the dreaded moniker of "New Age". Situations far surpasses the music usually associated with that unfortunate label, and should interest far more than just Joachim Kuhn listeners. For jazz solo piano fans, this one is truly worth any efforts expended toward tracking it down. While so many contemporaries were going electric or exploring "World Music", Situations should be remembered as one of the defining statements of its era.

JOACHIM KÜHN Joachim Kühn Trio inviting Archie Shepp: Voodoo Sense

Album · 2013 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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snobb
Joachim Kuhn is an East German born classically trained pianist who moved to the West in the mid 60s and became one of the key figures in German (and European) avant-garde piano. Together with his brother, clarinetist Rolf, he played at the legendary Newport Jazz Festival where Coltrane and Shepp's "The New Thing" was recorded. Later he moved to Paris where he actively participated in the European avant-garde jazz scene.

After some years of living in the States and playing mostly fusion, he returned to Germany in the late 00's and founded a world fusion trio with Moroccan vocalist and guembri player Majid Bekkas and Spanish percussionist Ramon Lopez (often known as the Chalaba Trio). Combining North African rhythms and vocals with free-jazz and European classic traditions, this Kuhn led trio represented some of the best European world fusion of the time. The Trio's debut, "Out Of The Desert", was recorded in Morocco with participating local rhythm and string musicians. The second album, "Chalaba", was recorded in Germany by the trio themselves. "Voodoo Sense" is the trio's third studio album, recorded with guests again (in Morocco and France).

The most intriguing feature of this album is the participation of Archie Shepp. A few years ago Kuhn released a duo album with Shepp containing avant-garde jazz and some classical influences (as typical of almost every Kuhn album, it is interesting but not really consistent, containing some great pieces and some fillers as well).

On "Voodoo Sense" we can hear the Kuhn Trio's North African rhythms and sounds driven by a big team of guest musicians who are North African. At the same time, this album contains a larger than before dose of free jazz and European classical tendencies. Fortunately, all these influences are not deeply mixed but co-exist in some fragile but successful balance.

The album's opener, "Kulu Se Mama", is a John Coltrane classic, played here as a North African meditative song and ecstatic ritual hymn at the same time. Almost twenty minutes long, it has a complex structure and in fact represents a mini suite in which Archie Shepp takes the place of Pharoah Sanders' sax soloing function in the original version. Seriously spiced with authentic Arabic/Bedouin percussion, this composition is enough reason to own the whole album.

After such a start it's not easy to continue at the same level, Kuhn and his colleagues are only partially successful. "Gbalele" is a traditional North African rhythm based song, slightly spiced with Kuhn's almost classical piano, but not all that memorable. "L'eternal Voyage" is bluesy hard bop, obviously a number for Shepp. Its as good as almost any of his songs of such kind, but it sounds quite out of place here. "Voodoo Sense" returns the listener to the dry and nervous desert with Shepp's flying solos over hypnotic Magreb rhythms and vocals, its another great song.

Right after this Kuhn turns to European classical playing meditative, almost dreamy chamber piano compositions with just the two other trio members (no traces of African rhythms here). "Firehouse", the closing composition, is full of energy, dissonant piano, heavy rhythms - it is similar to Kuhn's works from his early years (no African influences at all again).

A very eclectic album with some really strong points, a bit unusual structure and at the end of the day - a really interesting one.

JOACHIM KÜHN Sunshower

Album · 1978 · Fusion
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Drop the vocal tracks and you'd have a pretty good album.

Eh, they aren't all that bad and I guess kind of obligatory for 1978. Suitable for airplay on one of those radio stations that had a "jazz" program. In Atlanta it was 94 Q's Jazz Flavors. I don't remember if they played anything off this album or not. But I digress. "Mi ii id night, da aa an cer, uh-uh." (just a little too disco) And hell, You're Still On My Mind could have been a successful pop ballad had it been played on the right stations.

The balance of the tracks on this album are smoking hot jazz rock/fusion, with the exception of Short Film For Nicki, which is a nice mellow piano solo from Joachim. Kuhn seems quite proud of his synthesizer array, four Rolands in all are detailed in the credits. Great cover art for this album. Fits nicely for the music.

Most notable for me was the prescence of Jan Akkerman on guitar, which is ironic because 1976's Springfever has Philip Catherine, who took Jan's place in Focus briefly.

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