PETER KNIGHT

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Australian trumpeter-composer Peter Knight is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his eclectic approach, which integrates jazz, world music, and experimental traditions. He leads several projects of his own and appears as a soloist in a range of settings, he also composes for theatre and film, and has created sound installations.

Peter appears internationally, with recent highlights including high profile performances with his group ‘Way Out West’ at Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and Veneto Jazz Festival. In 2009 ‘Way Out West’ also toured Korea and Japan including concerts at Takatsuki Jazz Festival. Recent solo (trumpet and laptop) performances include the Banff Centre of the Arts (Canada) and KuLe for Labor Sonor (Berlin); in 2009 he also appeared as part of Erik Griswold’s Wide Alley at the Auckland Festival and Sydney Opera House. Peter is the recipient of
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PETER KNIGHT Peter Knight Quartet : Between Two Moments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peter Knight Quartet : Between Two Moments
Nu Jazz 2002
PETER KNIGHT All the Gravitation of Silence album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
All the Gravitation of Silence
Nu Jazz 2006
PETER KNIGHT Fish Boast of Fishing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fish Boast of Fishing
Nu Jazz 2011
PETER KNIGHT Residual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Residual
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2011
PETER KNIGHT Allotrope album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Allotrope
Nu Jazz 2012
PETER KNIGHT Re: Residual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Re: Residual
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2014
PETER KNIGHT Peter Knight and Grand Salvo : Daughter's Fever album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peter Knight and Grand Salvo : Daughter's Fever
Nu Jazz 2015
PETER KNIGHT Peter Knight & Australian Art Orchestra : Crossed & Recrossed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Peter Knight & Australian Art Orchestra : Crossed & Recrossed
Third Stream 2021

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PETER KNIGHT All the Gravitation of Silence

Album · 2006 · Nu Jazz
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Peter Knight’s ‘All The Gravitation Of Silence’ is an introspective album. It’s beautiful and ethereal, uncluttered – players are given a lot of space to weave their magic, and soloists especially, are supported by an attentive rhythm section. What Knight and his Quartet (with guest Magnusson on guitar) do so well, is exemplified by the sublime opener 'Peppercorns.’ I had only to hear a short sample to know I was on board. I needed this album.

The impressionistic or ‘sketched’ approach here is equal parts soothing and equal parts unpredictable. Now I know drawing attention to the improvisational aspect of a jazz record might seem like a tautology, and while melody is really important in this release, what’s achieved around the melody keeps me hooked too. Maybe it’s moments like hearing Floyd’s fills on ‘Eunoia’ for instance, or when any other performer gets the spotlight and does something I wasn’t expecting, I haven’t tired of this album. I keep hearing new things. It could be a special resonance of notes in one of Hopkin’s solos or a neat transition from the whole group, this album keeps giving.

Occasional moments of dissonance surprise throughout, like the experimental ‘Haiku Number 2 and 3’ or the menacing, tension-building bass in ‘Cruikshank Park.’ Just one piece on the album kicks up a gear, when ‘Frankie D’ gets a little ‘Bitches Brew' and Magnusson’s usually delicate guitar becomes wild, but elsewhere the music is more peaceful, led by Knight’s lovely tone. Knight himself is an eclectic and versatile player, one of the best trumpeters in Australia, and one of my favourite jazz composers, both in a sense of risk-taking and in fusing styles (across his whole output) but here especially for his care in creating and supporting harmonious textures as a leader. His playing is never disruptive to the mood and ‘All The Gravitation of Silence’ is not short of moments where you can forget where you are, where you can forget whatever you've been feeling before you put it on. Beautiful work.

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