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German pianist Joachim Kühn’s current trio is a powerful mix of post-modal jazz and the sultry tones of Moroccan music – the woody, resonant throb of guembri virtuoso Majid Bekkas takes the bass role; Spanish percussionist Ramon Lopez delivers orthodox drum skills.
Kühn’s latest CD adds the gravelly toned, romantically inclined Archie Shepp on tenor sax and, for four tracks, a wash of African percussion.
Shepp’s gruff warmth, lazy phrasing and expressionist squawks rekindle the fires of the ’60s, though it’s the wistful balladry that delivers highlights.
Joachim Kühn Trio featuring Archie Shepp