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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Drone Dream

Read "Drone Dream" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If the duo of drummer Whit Dickey and cornetist Kirk Knuffke were a baseball team, their signature style would be small ball, the opposite of towering home runs and 100 mph fast balls. They would win games like they sound here with tight efficient playing. They lay down perfect bunts and easily turn the double play with these improvisations. Opening with “Soaring," the sounds hesitates without being reluctant. Neither party, both of whom have the ability, attempts to overwhelm the ...

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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Drone Dream

Read "Drone Dream" reviewed by John Sharpe

Duets with drummers form the bedrock of cornetist Kirk Knuffke's whole musical experience, ever since jamming with a friend in high school. Consequently, Drone Dream constitutes the third such twosome to appear in his discography. And he obviously finds drummer Whit Dickey--still best known for his tenure with fiery saxophonist David S. Ware and adventurous pianist Matthew Shipp--a sympathetic foil as it's the second entry with him behind the traps, following on from Fierce Silence (Clean Feed, 2016). The wonderful ...

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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Fierce Silence

Read "Fierce Silence" reviewed by John Sharpe

Whether through economic necessity or artistic preference cornetist Kirk Knuffke's discography suggests a penchant for duets. Recent entries include Row For William O (Relative Pitch, 2016) with bassist Michael Bisio and Moon with pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger (NoBusiness, 2015). Fierce Silence with David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp alumnus Whit Dickey isn't even his first hook up with a drummer: that was The Exterminating Angel (NotTwo Records) with Mike Pride back in 2010. Certainly the cornetist thrives in such open situations, ...

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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke: Fierce Silence

Read "Fierce Silence" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The fitness instructor kept yelling, “feel the burn, feel the burn." After an hour of aerobic exercise, that was not a difficult task. A much easier and painless way to experience the same fire is to listen to just one track of Fierce Silence, a collection of improvised duos between drummer Whit Dickey and cornetist Kirk Knuffke. The ten tracks never venture into the anaerobic, instead they smolder in a slow and deliberate manner. This choice of tempo ...


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