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Dan Tepfer & Kirk Knuffke: Generous Versatility

Read "Dan Tepfer & Kirk Knuffke: Generous Versatility" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Dan Tepfer and Kirk Knuffke are two musicians that, despite being being only in their thirties, have already become reference players on their respective instruments. Known for their versatility, which allows them to be equally at home with the repertoires of Johann Sebastian Bach or Erik Satie as well as with all-out improvisation, they have a capacity to make their collaborators shine. This mixtape features some highlights from their already extensive discography as leaders or sidemen. Happy ...

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Dan Tepfer Trio: Eleven Cages

Read "Eleven Cages" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Pianist Dan Tepfer makes an excellent point here, reminding us that the concept of freedom is actually built on architectural stability. With Eleven Cages Tepfer has his Thomas Merton moment, likening the framework of each song to the walls of his newfound freedom. He recognizes and emphasizes the fact that different structures are housings for exploration and creation, not handcuffs on the imagination or rigid dictates in design methodology. Tepfer's well-formed views on the permanence and plasticity ...

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Dan Tepfer: Oxygen & Duets with Lee

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Dan TepferOxygenDIZ Productions2009 Dan TepferDuets with LeeSunnyside2009 The full arrival of pianist Dan Tepfer has been signaled by his recent sideman work with the august alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. These two albums find him adopting a similar playing stance in different settings, both allowing ample space for his lightly classicist touch; he inhabits the ...

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Dan Tepfer / Lee Konitz: Duos with Lee

Read "Duos with Lee" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

This record is reminiscent of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959)--not historic, like that legendary record, which set modal jazz in motion--but very likely similar to that session, that must surely have been charged with near-ceaselessly flowing ideas. Duos with Lee comes from the hearts, minds and fingers of pianist Dan Tepfer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, both musicians who have performed on similar projects before--if not in duo settings then trios at least. Konitz did a magnificent record ...


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