KIRK KNUFFKE

Avant-Garde Jazz / 21st Century Modern / Third Stream / Post Bop / Pop/Art Song/Folk / Eclectic Fusion • United States
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Colorado-born, N.Y.C.-based, free-influenced jazz cornetist and composer known for his adventurous, intuitive playing.

Cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is an adventurous performer, with an ear for navigating avant-garde sessions as well as post-bop dates. Knuffke initially drew listeners' attention playing with Butch Morris in the mid-2000s, and has worked with similarly inventive artists including Uri Caine, Allison Miller, and Michael Formanek. A recipient of a Jerome Foundation composers grant, Knuffke has received praise for his own albums, including 2008's Big Wig, 2009's Mockingbird: The Music of Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, and 2015's Arms & Hands, all of which display his broad stylistic influences, touching upon edgy free improvisation and bluesy swing.

A native of Colorado, Knuffke studied with trumpeter Ron Miles and pianist Art Lande before relocating to New York City in 2005. Since that time, he has earned a reputation as both an in-demand sideman and bandleader, having performed
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Steeplechase 2017
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The Royal Potato Family 2015
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WitnessWitness
Steeplechase 2018
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Steeplechase 2015
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Steeplechase 2013
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KIRK KNUFFKE Big Wig album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Wig
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
KIRK KNUFFKE Garden of Gifts album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Garden of Gifts
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
KIRK KNUFFKE Amnesia Brown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Amnesia Brown
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
KIRK KNUFFKE Leaf Spring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leaf Spring
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
KIRK KNUFFKE Orange Was the Color album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Orange Was the Color
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
KIRK KNUFFKE Kirk Knuffke & Mike Pride : The Exterminating Angel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kirk Knuffke & Mike Pride : The Exterminating Angel
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
KIRK KNUFFKE Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken with Kenny Wollesen ‎: Like A Tree album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken with Kenny Wollesen ‎: Like A Tree
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
KIRK KNUFFKE Chorale album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Chorale
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
KIRK KNUFFKE Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken : Five album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken : Five
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
KIRK KNUFFKE Arms and Hands album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Arms and Hands
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
KIRK KNUFFKE Lamplighter album cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
Lamplighter
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
KIRK KNUFFKE Little Cross album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Little Cross
Eclectic Fusion 2015
KIRK KNUFFKE Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken : Satie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken : Satie
Third Stream 2016
KIRK KNUFFKE Cherryco album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cherryco
Post Bop 2017
KIRK KNUFFKE Kirk Knuffke / Ben Goldberg : Uncompahgre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kirk Knuffke / Ben Goldberg : Uncompahgre
21st Century Modern 2018
KIRK KNUFFKE Witness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Witness
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2018

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KIRK KNUFFKE Chew Your Food album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chew Your Food
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010

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KIRK KNUFFKE Garden of Gifts

Album · 2009 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Originally from Colorado, but Brooklyn-based for last decade,cornetist Kirk Knuffke is a musician who belongs to leading representatives of younger New York jazz scene of today."Garden Of Gifts" is his second album, released six years ago - being still relatively unknown newcomer.

Recorded in another trio's member,Italian improvisational drummer Federico Ughi Brooklyn house (and with Federico's made photo used as cover art), this album is already very much Knuffke work. Judging by the cover this album can contain whatever you want - from esoteric electronics noodling to free-form lo-fi nature-friendly sound salad to soundtrack to National Geographic themes. Fortunately, it doesn't.

It's a Knuffke lively colorful trumpet what brings sense and beauty in the trio's music. Still very slow, atmospheric, even sad in moments,this music surprisingly avoids being bulky,repetitive or monotonous. There are no regular structure, rhythm frame or obvious direction here, but all compositions are no way static, there is permanent flow and ever-changing actions. Knuffke's trumpet sounds in best Bill Dixon tradition filling quite liquid space with bits and snippets of tunes.

Third trio member Chris Welcome's guitar produces some abstract sounds here and there,adding more surrealistic colors to drummer's build dense basis. In all this album is surprisingly accessible for free-form musical recording and avoids loud and dissonant sounds,making it attractive for wider circle of listeners. Not properly noticed and evaluated at the time of release, "Garden Of Gifts" requires a second chance and I expect it can be really positively accepted by many fans of more current and much better known Kirk Knuffke music.

KIRK KNUFFKE Arms and Hands

Album · 2015 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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New York-based cornet player Kirk Knuffke is one among most interesting new generation reeds player both sides of Atlantic. Recording regularly on Danish SteepleChase label with many leading mainstream and adventurous jazz musicians he is known as the artist, easily combining tradition and advanced techniques.

On his "Arms And Hands"(one of three albums Knuffke as leader released in 2015)he leads a bit unusual trio with former Anthony Braxton/Cecil Taylor bassist Mark Helias and mainstream veteran drummer Bill Goodwin(who worked with Phil Woods, Art Pepper and Charles Lloyd among others).The album contains fifteen short songs (all but one are Knuffke originals), on half of them trio of guests (Daniel Carter on alto,Brian Drye on trombone and Jeff Lederer on soprano and tenor)are presented as well.

Quite differently from many other Knuffke works "Arms And Hands" is quite easy accessible album,full of fun. It opens with New Orlean style sounding "Safety Shoes" and that atmosphere of Art Ensemble of Chicago's kind of jazz circus doesn't disappear all album long. There are some funky tunes and soul jazz songs, some freer improvs are combined with very boppish pieces, and in all whole album builds very lively and even festive atmosphere.

The only problem here is as a collection of many short compositions the album from some point starts sounding a bit monotonous. Tunes' bits are partially missing in quite eclectic musical entirety and absence of catchy points causes "sameness" feel. Still very bright and playful release not overloaded with pseudo-serious formalism.

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