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Kenneth Dahl Knudsen: Clockstopper

Read "Clockstopper" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Not much is known about Danish bassist Kenneth Dahl Knudsen, even his own website reveals little about his personal story, only that he has won several awards, including being voted “Jazz musician of 2010 in northern Denmark," has been fortunate to have performed the music he loves for most of his life and claims inspiration from the music of John Coltrane and Igor Stravinsky. Delivering his second album as leader on Clockstopper, Knudsen leads a core quintet of international players, ...

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Kenneth Knudsen & Christian Skeel: Music for Eyes

Read "Music for Eyes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Recorded in Copenhagen Denmark 1997, “Music for Eyes” represents the dual efforts of synthesists-composers Kenneth Knudsen and Christian Skeel. Having heard (via word of mouth) of Knudsen’s work, this writer’s curiosity was appeased upon receipt of this CD.

Here, Knudsen (synths and keyboards) and Keel (samplers, computers) team up and engage in minimalist ambient-electronic pieces that surpass this writer’s pre-conceived notions. This project seems to justify many of the positive assertions pertaining to Knudsen’s prominence and stature within Denmark’s jazz ...

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Kenneth Knudsen: Sounds And Silence

Read "Sounds And Silence" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Corresponding to this months review of Kenneth Knudsen’s “Music For Eyes” (See April 99’ AAJ), we pulled one of Knudsen’s 1994 releases from the archives which shows the Danish synthesist in a slightly different light. On “Sounds and Silence”, Knudsen employs soloist’s throughout most of these pieces which also includes Scandinavia’s well known and esteemed jazz trumpeter, Palle Mikkelborg.

The series of works (Part I-VII) are vignettes or segments of the main compositional theme; hence, the album title. Many of ...


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