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Knuffke, Kirk Trio: Amnesia Brown (Clean Feed)

Trumpeter Kirk Knuffke in a NY trio with clarinetist Doug Wieselman and drummer Kenny Wollesen, all part of Butch Morris' Nublu Orchestra and frequent Zorn collaborators.
 

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Kirk Knuffke-trumpet

Doug Wieselman-clarinet and guitar

Kenny Wollesen-drums


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UPC: 5609063001679

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF167
Squidco Product Code: 12672

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded December 2, 2008 at Systems Two in Brooklyn, NY. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jon Rosenberg. Produced by Kirk Knuffke.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Few musicians have been as enthusiastically and unanimously applauded with a debut recording as trumpeter Kirk Knuffke with his CD "Big Wig" (Clean Feed). Now he returns with a second opus, in partnership with two musicians with whom he has been associated for some years, Doug Wieselman (clarinet, guitar) and Kenny Wollesen (drums). Like Knuffke, both are members of the Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris and Wollesen is a frequent John Zorn collaborator and leader of several bands that include Knuffke. Again, we can expect Knuffke will be a sensation: this is wonderful music and often times surprising. There is much more to hear in this collection of tracks than the free bop style often identified with the present day New York scene. The album itself does not suffer from any kind of amnesia - here, the musical past is well remembered and presented in a new and outstanding way. The title of the album refers only to a family episode. "Amnesia Brown" is the nickname given by Knuffke's mother to his great grandfather, who disappeared and was found some years later in another city with another surname, Brown, a new family and claimed no memory of the past."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"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)
4/10/2024

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"Douglas Joel Wieselman (born November 30, 1954, Los Angeles) is an American jazz reedist. He plays primarily clarinet and tenor saxophone, though he occasionally also plays soprano and baritone saxophone.

Wieselman took a bachelor's degree in music at University of California-Santa Cruz in 1976, where he first played with Wayne Horvitz; he played with Horvitz extensively into the 1990s. In 1982 he began working with Robin Holcomb, and played with her again from 1987 to 1996. In the late 1980s he also worked with Bill Frisell, Guy Klucevsek, and Anthony Coleman. He started his own group, the Kamikaze Ground Crew, in 1983, with Gina Leishman, and also co-founded the New York Composer's Orchestra in 1986. Other credits include work with Karen Mantler, Nels Cline, Ben Perowsky, and others.

In addition to his work in jazz, Wieselman has also written music for the performances of the Flying Karamazov Brothers and played as a session musician for pop and rock acts such as She & Him, Cibo Matto, Antony & the Johnsons, Joan As Police Woman, Iron and Wine, Lou Reed, Yo la Tengo, Martha Wainwright, Shudder To Think, Translator (band) and others. He was also a lead composer on The Backyardigans, from which his song 'Castaways' became a viral hit in 2021."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Wieselman)
4/10/2024

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"Kenny Wollesen (born 1966) is an American drummer and percussionist.

Wollesen lives in New York City. He has recorded and toured with Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ron Sexsmith, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, John Lurie, Myra Melford, Steven Bernstein, and John Zorn. He is a founding member of the New Klezmer Trio and a member of the Sex Mob and Himalayas groups. He also performs on the soundtrack to the popular children's show The Backyardigans.

Kenny grew up in Capitola, CA, studying at Aptos HS and spent many teenage years jamming with Donny McCaslin. He spent quality classroom time with flugelhornist and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College. Kenny also arranges and studied vibraphone at Cabrillo."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Wollesen)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. How It Goes 3:22

2. Double 2:32

3. Level 3:30

4. Amnesia Brown 3:48

5. 2nd 2:53

6. Red Bag 1:55

7. Leadbelly 4:19

8. Practical Sampling 3:13

9. Hears It 3:31

10. Totem 4:55

11. Need 3:26

12. Fix it, Charlie 3:38

13. High-pants Bob 2:46

14. Narrative 3:14

15. Please help, please give 3:04

16. Anne 3:05

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