All About Jazz

Home » Articoli » Album Reviews

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

0

Kirk Knuffke: Arms & Hands

Vincenzo Roggero By

Sign in to view read count
Grande ammiratore di Mark Helias e di Bill Goodwin e collaboratore in alcuni dei loro progetti, il trombettista Kirk Knuffke, è riuscito nell'intento di farli suonare per la prima volta insieme in Arms & Hands, album al quale collabora un'altro eroe del leader come il sassofonista Daniel Carter. Knuffke è musicista atipico e trasversale, impossibile da catalogare, te lo ritrovi alle prese con i field recordings di Alan Lomax e con classici "out" scritti da Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman o Steve Lacy; impegnato ad esplorare con il pianista Jesse Stacken i lavori meno noti di Thelonious Monk e Duke Ellington o frequentare assiduamente le conduction di Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris.

Il suono della sua cornetta, purissimo, luccicante, soffuso, intenso, essenziale, naif condensa e riflette in maniera unica questa visione ampia e diversificata delle cose musicali. Arms & Hands è album costruito su ben quindici form songs ma il risultato è altra cosa rispetto alla rigidità formale della sua struttura. Vi si respira a pieni polmoni un'aria di libertà non solo interpretativa ma connaturata al processo stesso di scrittura, che permette di rendere mobili se non aperti i confini dei singoli brani.

La coppia Helias-Goodwin combina magnificante diverse soluzioni ritmiche, dai groove percepibili anche se tutt'altro che accentuati, ad una propulsione più eterea e sospesa, fondale perfetto per le evoluzioni quasi spiritate del leader. La chiusura dell'album con "Thanks a Lot" un classico del country, unico brano non originale reso con grazia superba e spirito d'avventura, è il gioiellino conclusivo di un album con i fiocchi.

Track Listing: Safety Shoes; Bright Light; Root; Pepper; Chirp; Umbrella; Notwithstanding; Next; Arms & Hands; Elevator; Bonderizer; Tuesday; Use; Atessa; Thanks A Lot.

Personnel: Kirk Knuffke: cornet; Bill Goodwin: drums; Mark Helias: bass; Brian Drye: trombone; Daniel Carter: alto saxophone; Jeff Lederer: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone.

Title: Arms & Hands | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Royal Potato Family

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Radio
Album Reviews
General Articles
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Uncompahgre

Uncompahgre

Relative Pitch Records
2018

buy
Witness

Witness

SteepleChase Records
2018

buy
Eggs Up High

Eggs Up High

NCM East
2016

buy
Arms & Hands

Arms & Hands

Royal Potato Family
2015

buy

Related Articles

Read LE10 18-05 Album Reviews
LE10 18-05
By Karl Ackermann
May 20, 2019
Read Remembering Miles Album Reviews
Remembering Miles
By Dan McClenaghan
May 20, 2019
Read Merry Peers Album Reviews
Merry Peers
By Bruce Lindsay
May 20, 2019
Read Music! Music! Music! Album Reviews
Music! Music! Music!
By Doug Collette
May 20, 2019
Read Sheer Reckless Abandon Album Reviews
Sheer Reckless Abandon
By John Kelman
May 19, 2019
Read Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z Album Reviews
Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z
By Jack Bowers
May 19, 2019
Read To My Brothers Album Reviews
To My Brothers
By Victor L. Schermer
May 19, 2019