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Travel Notes

Label: Blujazz Productions
Released: 2014
Track listing: Blues for Stephanie; That Day in May; Reverence; Travel Notes; Passing Giants; Spring Fever.

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Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra: Travel Notes

Read "Travel Notes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Travel Notes, the seventh album by the Western Michigan University Jazz Orchestra, is much like the first half-dozen: big-band jazz whose design and performance are as consistently strong and artistic as one can envision at any level. Tom Knific, WMU's director of Jazz Studies since 2000, has a keen ear for engaging songs, one of which ...

Lines of Influence

Label: Azica Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Eidas Retsis; Eleanor Rigby; Home Bass; Lines of Influence; Little Wonder; Gotta Give it Up; Can a Good Thing Last Forever?

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Tom Knific Quartet: Lines of Influence

Read "Lines of Influence" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

Lines of Influence is an energetic and exciting modern jazz release by multi-talented bassist/accomplished jazz educator Tom Knific. Featuring several generations of past students alongside his son, John, Knific has assembled an ensemble that not only represents his accomplishments as an educator and mentor, but performs at a level that only a working band can.

Siena

Label: Sea Breeze Jazz
Released: 2005
Track listing: If I Should Lose You, Estate, Siena, Dark Angel, You Don't Know What Love Is, The Baron, A Nice Idea, Que Cosa, Portrait of Thad.

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Tom Knific: Siena

Read "Siena" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

As a rule, I've always found it a pleasure to listen to albums that feature a combo led by a bassist, and this one is no exception. Tom Knific, a Professor of Double-Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University, here presents a well-rounded look at the jazz ballad. There are no star turns ...

Home Bass

Label: Jazzheads
Released: 1998

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Tom Knific: Home Bass

Read "Home Bass" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Tom Knific is an invisible jazzman, one of those people who live playing music, while known to few but the musicians. Work on soundtracks, theater pit bands, and studio pop dates are the common way to do this, but the last twenty years have brought another avenue: jazz education in universities. Steady work and steady pay, ...


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