|Love Walked In
||No Moon At All
||Tea For Two
||Hymn To Freedom
||Love Walked In
||I Loves You Porgy
with David Pudney (bass)
Gordon Rytmeister (drums)
Kevin has released Love Walked In , a CD in the tradition of jazz trios bringing together piano, bass and drums.
Drummer Gordon Rytmeister, bass player Dave Pudney and Hunt are long-standing musical colleagues. "In this recording we quickly established a three-way interplay, both musically and personally, " Kevin says.
The trio has been recorded with few microphones, straight onto tape, to achieve a live-gig sound.
"There is no luxury of multi-tracking here â it is the way jazz was recorded in the 50s," says Kevin.
Love Walked In was born from requests from audiences for Kevin to follow up on his successful Kevin Hunt plays JS Bach CD and record some of his favourite jazz works.
"I am influenced and awed by the artistry of musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Bud Powell, and George Shearing, and Love Walked In is an opportunity to explore these influences and pay homage to these great composers and players," he says.
In 1987 and more recently in 2002, Kevin experienced what he describes as the heart of jazz piano by watching Barry Harris play in New York City. "Harris has performed with Miles Davis, Sony Stitt, and Cannonball Adderley, and is unquestionably the foremost exponent of the music of [Bud] Powell and ... [Thelonious] Monk".*
When Harris plays you feel his music is giving everyone in the room a great big hug. He has inspired me twice now to be more devoted to jazz-music making and teaching," Kevin says.
Reviews of Kevin's latest release 'Love Walked In'
Andrew Tucker - Inside Track writes:
...The CD offers things that there are often too little of … it's warm, tender, gentle and sparkling all at the same time.
Combine these with great melodies and subtle improvisation and you'll know why I like it so much. Good taste never dates. Buy with confidence.
PIANIST Hunt continues to amaze his audiences, live or listening to recordings, with his versatility. ... he again demonstrates his comfort with songs that range from the romantic to the inspirational...
In each he exercises his individuality and encourages similar approaches from his colleagues. The result is a session which swings steadily. It is also enhanced by being largely unamplified, giving the richness of tone which results in acoustically played jazz.
Michael Foster, Canberra Times 16/6/2003
Sydney's La Brava jazz label has two key characteristics: it makes congenial records but with substance; and it always gets a superb audio quality on its discs.
Sydney-based pianist Kevin Hunt's new album is typical in that way, though one hesitates to use that word when discussing such very fine artistry as this.
...Standards like Autumn Leaves and Tea For Two will not surprise at their inclusion here, but more out of the way is fare such as Richie Beirach's Elm which Hunt renders with extraordinary beauty...
Shane Nichols - Australian Financial Review 30/5/03