Trumpeter Kirk Knuffke's New York working band with Reuben Radding, Jeff Davis and Brian Drye showing influences of Lester Bowie, Lacy, &c. in free swinging compositions.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 107
Squidco Product Code: 9701
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded March 22, 2007 at Studio STATS, Brooklyn, NY, by Reuben Radding.
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2. The Same
4. Something's always change
5. Page 1 #1
10. Is Is
11. Big Wig
All compositions by Kirk Knuffke BMI
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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"Although trumpeter Kirk Knuffke is a fresh face to the international jazz scene, he has been remarkable active in the last few years. Besides being a member of Butch Morris' Orchestra Slang, the Nublu Orchestra, Jeff Davis Band, Ideal Bread, No Truck, and Kenny Wollesen's Wollesonic, he has played on stage or recorded with, among others, Graham Haynes, Eddie Henderson, Daniel Carter, John Zorn, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas, Briggan Krauss, Steven Bernstein, and Sonny Simmons. His teachers include such polar opposites as Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis. "Big Wig" is Knuffke's debut record. This Denver-born turned New Yorker musician admires the sound and the phrasing of Lester Bowie (you may notice his influence) and the compositional work of Steve Lacy (Knuffke plays in a band dedicated to interpret the departed soprano saxophonist's tunes), but he also loves Thad Jones swinging orchestral ideas. There's a Chet-Baker-like sweetness in his playing and he has a crazy predilection for Pee Wee Russell and his clarinet. "Open" and "straight-ahead" are terms that simultaneously apply to the Kirk Knuffke Quartet. One doesn't exclude the other. They simply are two aspects of the same thing. The group can be rigorous, yes, but also "rude and reckless when the music calls for it," as Kirk writes in the liner notes of this album."-Clean Feed Records
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"Cornetist and Composer Kirk Knuffke is the winner of Downbeat Magazine's "Rising Star"critics poll for 2015. A recipient of the Jerome Foundation composers grant, Kirk has released 15 recordings as a leader or co-leader. "One of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing", he has "full command of his most demanding instrument" - All About Jazz. Kirk placed in the top five in the World in the El Intruso critics poll and was one of 6 nominees for Trumpeter of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association.
Matt Wilson, Allison Miller, Butch Morris, Uri Caine, Michael Formanek, and many more have hired him as a sideman for over 60 recordings, he has been called "One of New York City's busiest musicians" - New York Times.
Knuffke has been based in NYC since 2005. Shortly after his arrival Knuffke began playing with Butch Morris, this friendship resulted in 4 recordings and several European tours. Kirk joined the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet in 2009, recording "Gathering Call" (Palmetto) featuring John Medeski and touring each year. 2016 brought Matt Wilson's "Beginning of a memory" Palmetto, which received 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Michael Formaneks "The Distance" ECM was also awarded 5 stars this year. Knuffke also plays in "Sifter" with Mary Halvorson and Wilson, Ideal Bread, Allison Miller's "Boom Tic Boom", Todd Sickafoose's "Tiny Resistors" and groups led by Ray Anderson, Uri Caine, Mark Helias, Bill Goodwin, Karl Berger and Ted Brown to name a few. "Arm and Hands" a recent release garnering praise from every major Jazz publication as 4 Stars in Downbeat magazine review and Sunday New York Times. The Following CDs "Little Cross" Steeplechase records and "Lamplighter" Fresh Sound Records have also received much praise. Kirk Has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Germany's "Sonic", and Denmark's "JazzSpecial" among others."-Kirk Knuffke Website (http://kirkknuffke.com/biography.html)
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• Show Bio for Reuben Radding
"Reuben Radding is a bassist, free improviser, teacher, and recording engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Washington DC in 1966. After relocating to New York City in 1988 he studied the double bass with Mark Dresser and quickly became a busy stalwart of the so-called "Downtown" scene, performing with many of the most prominent new Jazz musicians of the time. Radding has taught master classes on extended bass techniques and free improvisation workshops He is also an accomplished recording engineer and producer, and owns Studio STATS, in Brooklyn, NY."-Nuscope Recordings (http://nuscope.org/musicians/reuben-radding/)
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