An amazing document of the talents of German reedman Rolf Kuhn – one of the most unique talents of his generation, and a player who's risen to great fame in recent years too – presented in a special box that features three of his 70s records for the MPS
label, three more recent records, and a never-issued pair of 60s concerts with his brother, pianist Joachim Kuhn! Rolf started out on clarinet, in more traditional modes – but by the time of the three 70s MPS
albums in the collection (Total Space, Symphonic Swampfire, Cucu Ear), he was exploding with new ideas that were partly taken from European avant jazz, and partly from the mish-moshing of modes that the MPS
generation did so well. On the three recent albums (Stereo, Spotlights, Yellow & Blue), Rolf has an edge that's every bit as striking as the moments in the 60s when he was first really stepping outside – a legacy that's continued here on never-issued live material with his brother Joachim on piano – recorded in Berlin in 1966, and at Newport in 1967. The box set features seven full albums, all with original artwork – packaged in a handsome, limited slipcover edition.