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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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Hug

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Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 3:51

Andrew D'Angelo & DNA Orchestra

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Free Willy; Egna of Waog; Big Butt; Felicia; Gay Disco; Marching Fuckers; I Love You; Norman; Meg Nem Sa.

Hug!

Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The One Before This; Jabulani; In The Moment; Every Day with You; Space Force March/Interplanetary Music; Joie De Vivre; Sunny and Share; Hug! King Of The Road; Man Bun; Hambe Kahle.

Brightness Live In Amsterdam

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2020
Track listing: Brightness; Rise; White Shoulders; Odds; The Mob, The Crowd, The Mass; That’s A Shame; Spares and Falls.

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Allison Miller: Driving the Balance

Read "Allison Miller: Driving the Balance" reviewed by John Pietaro

Allison Miller sits at the vintage Camco drumkit in her Brooklyn home, playing post-bop over a rolling samba. Within the shimmer of an age-darkened cymbal, she switches from sticks to brushes, filling the room with the shush of summer rain, then a sudden hailstorm as her arms, aerial, traverse snare, tom-toms and cymbals in a blurring, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

2020 was a wretched year in many respects. In the jazz world alone, a number of musicians succumbed to COVID-19 and live performance almost became non-existent. Despite all that there were still a lot of stimulating and excellent recordings released in the past year. Here is a list of my personal best. Some reflected the issues ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Allen Shawn/Michael Bisio: Improvisations

Read "Improvisations" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Classical pianist and composer Allen Shawn is not a familiar name in the jazz world. He comes from a well-known artistic family, the son of long-time The New Yorker editor William Shawn, and brother of actor and playwright Wallace Shawn. Allen Shawn received degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities and teaches at Bennington College in Vermont. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Wilson Quartet: Hug!

Read "Hug!" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A hug is something which is a distant memory for most of us these days. The warm and friendly vibes of this new Matt Wilson album could be thought of as a virtual hug, full of smile-inducing swing and raffish humor. Wilson's partners on this excursion are some of his usual cohorts, saxophonist Jeff ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matt Wilson: Hug!

Read "Hug!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While there are a number of red-letter moments on drummer Matt Wilson's latest album, Hug!, and others that are rather less so, the earnestness is high throughout as everyone in Wilson's seasoned quartet does his best to ensure its success. That success, however, rests in part on the music itself, and therein lies the down side. ...


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