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Kirk Knuffke / Michael Bisio: For You I Don’t Want To Go

Read "For You I Don’t Want To Go" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The oft-quoted description of a sitting meditation practice, “It's simple but not easy," might be a fitting characterization of this duo performance by cornetist Kirk Knuffke and bassist Michael Bisio. The equanimous and imperturbable approach the pair apply to this single 36-minute composition/recording dares one to disregard the high level of musicianship employed. Don't be drawn into that trap. For You I Don't Want To Go is a follow up to Row For William O (Relative Pitch Records, 2016) and ...


Album Review

Kirk Knuffke: Gravity without Airs

Read "Gravity without Airs" reviewed by John Sharpe

The first evidence of cornetist Kirk Knuffke's hook up with Michael Bisio surfaced on the bassist's alluring Accortet (Relative Pitch, 2015), presaging a continuing string of further collaborations. So perhaps it was inevitable that another Bisio mainstay, pianist Matthew Shipp, would enter into the mix at some point. The surprise is that it is on a date under Knuffke's leadership, which has produced the double album Gravity Without Airs, with six cuts credited to the cornetist, while the other eight ...


Radio & Podcasts

Kirk Knuffke, Charles Lloyd, FIDOqrtet and More

Read "Kirk Knuffke, Charles Lloyd, FIDOqrtet and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode has several excellent contemporary trumpet/cornet/flugelhorn players scattered throughout the playlist: players like Brian Groder (new recording Luminous Arcs ), Dan Rosenboom, Kirk Knuffke, Nate Wooley (with Harris Eisenstadt), Ron Horton and Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground Quartet). Those horns are staples of big bands too, so you'll hear plenty in the music from Sweden's Maluba Orchestra, the Webber-Morris Big Band and Satoko Fujii's Orchestra New York. Charles Lloyd's latest is sampled as well, and wait until you hear the ...


Album Review

Kirk Knuffke: Brightness Live In Amsterdam

Read "Brightness Live In Amsterdam" reviewed by Doug Collette

Kirk Knuffke's well-developed musical pedigree compelled the ever-so-astute drummer/composer/bandleader Allison Miller to recruit him for her forward-thinking ensemble Boom Tic Boom. It's the same premise upon which guitarist Charlie Hunter enlisted this man with the horns accompaniment for Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched In The Mouth (Self-Produced, 2016). And in also assuming the roles of bandleader/composer for Brightness Live in Amsterdam, Knuffke calls upon his well-honed versatility as well. Accordingly, this forty-five minutes begins with ...


Album Review

Kirk Knuffke: Witness

Read "Witness" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Kirk Knuffke has brought his cornet skills to a lot of different music in his career. As a leader, he has recorded albums dedicated to the work of Erik Satie and Don Cherry and he's even covered an Ernest Tubb song. This album gives a greater picture of how wide his interests stretch as he delves into a program of spirituals, operatic arias, poetry and pop and jazz standards, leading a quartet of clarinetist Ben Goldberg, pianist Russ Lossing and, ...


Radio & Podcasts

Kirk Knuffke, Ingrid Laubrock and Jerry Bergonzi

Read "Kirk Knuffke, Ingrid Laubrock and Jerry Bergonzi" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we look at the variety that can be found in the World of Jazz as exemplified by the amazing new collaboration with operatic baritone Steven Herring on the new album from Kirk Knuffke, which we contrasted with the ground breaking avant-garde work of featured artist Ingrid Laubrock and with the traditional stylings of another featured player Jerry Bergonzi. In between a selection of new releases and archive cuts from the Greenleaf label. Playlist Kirk Knuffke “Witness" from Witness ...


Album Review

Kirk Knuffke: Arms & Hands

Read "Arms & Hands" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometime, watch children as they eat the M&Ms. They will separate the colors into several piles--green, red, brown, yellow, orange, and blue. It's not that each color tastes different, except for maybe blue--I don't remember ever seeing that color before. Nonetheless, they go about savoring each color batch as an independent experience. Those little candies come to mind while attending to cornetist Kirk Knuffke's release Arms & Hands. The disc (released as both CD and LP) is a trio recording ...


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