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Meet Peter Knoll: I am a German-American experimental guitarist living in New York City. The band members of my trio are Mark Peterson on bass and Andy O'Neill on drums. I also co-lead the improvisation Quartet "Conundrum" in Europe. I teach guitar in New York. My most famous students were both children of "The Edge" (U2), and In November, 2007, I was voted Guitar Player of the Week by GuitarPlayerZen.com. My debut album, Certainty Is, is available online.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.