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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


Bear Proof

Label: Secret Hatch Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Gold Gate; Bent Into Shape; Switched On; Flush; Magnetic North; Boom Bust Startup Ruin; Turns Luck; Prospects; Reverse Fortune.


The Lighthouse

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Lighthouse; In Perpetuum; Gravity; Bop- Be; Rainbows; Twelve Clowns; Seasons; Shunting Line.


Lonely Man and His Fish

Label: L&H Production
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD 1: Lonely Man; Pet Store; First Evening at Home; Breakfast for Two; Man and His Fish; Accident; In Hospital. CD 2: Into the Wild; Life in the Pond; Survivor; Empty House; Song for Spark; Call of Friendship; Dreaming Together.


Keep The Dream Up

Label: Fundacja Słuchaj!
Released: 2023
Track listing: Keep The Dream Up; You See the Lights; The Essence Vibrates Love; Reaching Ever Out; Use of Clay; Buffaloes; Cracks into Burning; Take me to the spring; They will say; Invocation.


News: Recording

Bassist Andrea Veneziani Compounds His Expansive Musical Vision On 'The Lighthouse,' Set For October 6 Release

Bassist Andrea Veneziani Compounds His Expansive Musical Vision On 'The Lighthouse,' Set For October 6 Release

Acclaimed bassist and composer Andrea Veneziani returns to leadership with his long-awaited second album, The Lighthouse, which will be available on October 6. The album features the Italian-born artist leading an all-star quartet comprising cornetist Kirk Knuffke, guitarist Charlie Sigler, and drummer Allan Mednard performing a gorgeous set of eight Veneziani originals. This sophomore effort from ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Yelena Eckemoff And Cory Smythe: Imagination Unbound

Read "Yelena Eckemoff And Cory Smythe: Imagination Unbound" reviewed by Doug Collette

Yelena Eckemoff and Cory Smythe have configured mirror images in music that reflect global mindsets of race, gender and class in the wake of COVID lockdowns and in the midst of climate change (among other controversies). The former postulates an insular existence populated only by a single individual and a sole figure with whom he finds ...


Article: Album Review

Kirk Knuffke / Joe McPhee Quartet + 1: Keep The Dream Up

Read "Keep The Dream Up" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Synergy might be the best way to describe the result of this assemblage of musicians. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke and saxophonist Joe McPhee combine their various ensembles to create an effect much greater than the sum of their separate parts. Knuffke has worked extensively with bassist Michael Bisio in duo and trio formats, plus in the bassist's ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Magos Herrera, Karl Berger, Asher Gamedze, Gretchen Parlato & More

Read "Magos Herrera, Karl Berger, Asher Gamedze, Gretchen Parlato & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

A remembrance of Karl Berger, the stunning new album by Magos Herrera, and a whole bunch of projects you can find along the Johannesburg-New York-Chicago expressway. Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Sam Butler “Storybook" Folklore (Shifting Paradigm) 0:16 Host talks 5:30 Karl Berger, Kirk Knuffke, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily

Read "Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Illegal Crowns, and Iyer / Aftab / Ismaily" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Debuting this episode are new albums from bassist Michael Formanek and his Elusion Quartet (Tony Malaby, Kris Davis & Ches Smith), Illegal Crowns (Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum, Benoit Delbecq & Tomas Fujiwara, and the trio of {m: Vijay Iyer}}, Arooj Aftab & Shahzad Ismaily with their Love In Exile. I expect to see all of ...


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