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Kirk Knuffke

A native of Colorado trumpeter Kirk Knuffke made the move to NYC in 2005. Kirk currently works with The Matt Wilson Quartet, Butch Morris, Ideal Bread, Josh Roseman, Ideal Bread, Andrew D'angelo and Kenny Wollesen. Performance venues including Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium and Jazz at the Licoln Center’s Rose Hall, The Newport Jazz Festival, and The North Sea Jazz Festival. Kirk’s has studied privately with Ron Miles, Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis. In 2009 Kirk received a composers grant from the Jerome Foundation. Kirk leads or co-leads groups that have recorded for record labels; Cleanfeed in 2008 and 2010, SteelpleChase 2009 and 2011 and No Business

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The Invisible Landscape

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Permanent Vacation; Another World Is Possible; Spinning the Clouds; Nova Express; A Time; Monolith; Fused Take Over; The Invisible Landscape; Colors of Light.

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The Song Is You

Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: 1. IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW (T. Dameron/C. Sigman) 2. UP JUMPED SPRING (F. Hubbard/A. Lincoln) 3. MY FOOLISH HEART (V. Young/N. Washington) 4. FIVE WILD GEESE (Lilly/Lilly) 5. PRELUDE TO A KISS (D. Ellington) 6. IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING (R.Rodgers/O. Hammerstein) 7. SCARBOROUGH FAIR (trad.) 8.LONELY WOMAN (H. Silver/L. Feather) 9. THAT OLD FEELING (S. Fain/L. Brown) 10. THE SONG IS YOU (J. Kern/O. Hammerstein)

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The Art Spirit

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2021
Track listing: Not A Souvenir Of Yesterday; r. henri; Both Keys Belong To You; Use Them; Orange Moon Yellow Field; Things Hum; Like Your Work As Much As; A Dog Likes To Gnaw A Bone.

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Jesup Wagon

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2021
Track listing: Jesup Wagon; Lowlands of Sorrow; Arachis; Fallen Flowers; Experiment Station; Seer; Chemurgy.

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James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Jaimie Branch, & Dave Rempis" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Chalk up another great recording from saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis. Jesup Wagon for Tau Forms marks another step on what seems to be a steady climb to the top of current saxophonists. Like last year's great Live At Willisau, JBL has drummer Chad Taylor with him along with Kirk Knuffke, Christopher Hoffman and the ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Most listeners have long since moved saxophonist James Brandon Lewis from the rising star category to one labeled virtuoso. But then, pianist Matthew Shipp signaled this status when he mentored Lewis early on and certainly bassist William Parker ordained his arrival by recording with the saxophonist on his major label debut, Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014). Parker ...

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Article: Interview

The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis

Read "The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Tenor saxophonist, composer, and writer James Brandon Lewis is driven by a restlessness that makes him one of his generation's standout players of, and thinkers about jazz. Although he was voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist in the 2020 DownBeat Magazine International Critic's Poll, most might say, after listening to his recent releases, that his star has ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis & Red Lily Quintet: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Vic Albani


Erano anni che il jazz attendeva un lavoro come questo. Splendido nella totale sua interezza, capace di riportare “il jazz nel jazz" dopo tanti anni e tante nuove incisioni che i critici hanno valutato con attenzione e spesso incensate come lo sforzo creativo del guardare avanti, pur “rimanendo nobilmente avvinghiati alla tradizione" e via di conserva. ...

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Up Jumped Spring

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Label: Challenge Records
Released: 2021
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