Just like “Symphonic Swampfire”, “Cucu Ear” was recorded in the RÜSSL Studio in Hamburg with Walter Quintus as sound engineer. Beside Joachim Kühn, who as always took the place at the keys, Rolf Kühn brought together an illustrious group of musicians from a variety of backgrounds.
I have always had the desire to find unusual set-ups for my productions – like working with musicians who come from very different genres such as classical music, jazz fusion, pop, etc. But these trains of thought, which of course can be very tempting, can never be implemented without a risk. In the case of “Cucu Ear” for example Alphonse Mouzon and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen played together for the first time ever. With Niels and Alphonse, coming from such different stylistic directions, the plan worked out so perfectly that they are among my favorite rhythm groups today. Not least because of my brother Joachim, who plays fantastic additional synthesizer solos in addition to his great piano playing. These were two wonderful days in the studio and an unusual and extraordinary session that is still today very special for me. (Rolf Kühn)