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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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Gravity without Airs

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2022
Track listing: Gravity without Airs; Stars Go Up; Between Today and May; The Sun Is Always Shining; Birds of Passage; Time Is Another River; Paint Pale Silver; The Water Will Win; June Stretched; Blinds; Piece of Sky; Shadows to Dance; Heal the Roses; Today for Today.

Article: Album Review

Kirk Knuffke Trio: Gravity without Airs

Read "Gravity without Airs" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


«Mi interessa fare della bella musica--dice il cornettista Kirk Knuffke--Anche se questa è in forma libera e d'avanguardia voglio che arrivi al cuore delle persone. Mi piace suonare veloce, forte e alto ma la bellezza è sempre al primo posto, anche se non in forme preziose. Può esserlo anche in modo ruvido». Sono ...

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Jazz and the Spoken Word

Read "Jazz and the Spoken Word" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show examines the intersection of jazz and various forms of the spoken word, including rap, beat-era jive and classic poets like Langston Hughes, W. B. Yeats, and Walt Whitman. The musicians interpreting these works include Babs Gonzales, David Murray, Christine Tobin, and Deborah Harry & the Jazz Passengers. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Rorke, Hello Cacus & Previews

Read "Daniel Rorke, Hello Cacus & Previews" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Saxophonist Daniel Rorke, originally from Australia, then NYC, Scandinavia and now in Dublin Ireland, dropped some music on OMJ recently and tracks from different trios plus a stint in a crazy Icelandic big band are featured. Two very important alto saxophonists have new recordings on the way and those are previewed--Ornette Coleman's first two releases for ...

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Article: Interview

Michael Bisio: In His Own Words

Read "Michael Bisio: In His Own Words" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you happen to be a liner note geek you probably have noticed the name Michael Bisio mentioned frequently on album sleeves. Whether the author is the session leader or analyst, the general consensus is the bassist is the cornerstone upon which great music is built. His playing allows a fellow musician to access not only ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Bill Goodwin: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Bill Goodwin is like a breath of fresh air blowing through jazz. From the time around 1954 when he was in jny: Los Angeles and just learning the drums, and inspired by Shelly Manne, to today, around his 80th birthday, he has loved jazz and the musicians unconditionally. He has befriended and worked with so many ...

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Article: Album Review

Rich Halley: Boomslang

Read "Boomslang" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Jazz has, to some extent, always been about making connections and pointing out interrelations. Ever since Buddy Bolden blew his cornet in New Orleans around the start of the twentieth century, listeners have been playing connect the dots, linking Bolden's innovations to King Oliver and Oliver's to Louis Armstrong, likewise Buck Clayton to Dizzy Gillespie and ...

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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 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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