Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie” (SCCD 31822)

SCCD 31822 Kirk Knuffke & Jesse Stacken “Satie” The music of the early 20th century French Avant-gardist Erik Satie for a jazz album makes perfect sense when its interpreters/performers are cornetist Kirk Knuffke and his long-time partner pianist Jesse Stacken. They both share their musical background in unconventional new/free jazz as well as classical training. The Knuffke/Stacken duo has released a series of highly acclaimed albums with music by renowned composers of jazz. “This is nostalgia made vibrant, played with precision, depth, good taste and a leisurely refusal to overcrowd its sonic space.” (Martin Longley – AAJ on SCCD 31677 Mockingbird) KIRK KNUFFKE cornet JESSE STACKEN piano Recorded May 2015 … Continue reading

Kirk Knuffke, Jesse Stacken – Five (SCCD 31779)

SCCD 31779 Kirk Knuffke/Jesse Stacken “FIVE” The twosome of cornettist Kirk Knuffke and pianist Jesse Stacken made SteepleChase Debut in 2009 with the highly acclaimed album “Mockingbird” (SCCD 31677) with subtitle The Music of Thelonious Monk & Duke Ellington. Martin Longley of AAJ commented, “… it's refreshing to find the two pianist/composers united in a single conception, pointing out that they probably have more similarities than differences. …This is nostalgia made vibrant, played with precision, depth, good taste and a leisurely refusal to overcrowd its sonic space.” Here on this new album the Knuffke/Stacken duo challenges the similar concept of unifying two composer/pianists Carla Bley and Bill Evans. The result … Continue reading

Jesse Stacken, Kirk Knuffke – Like A Tree (SCCD 31739)

The partnership between cornetist Kirk Knuffke and pianist Jesse Stacken has so far produced two brilliant tribute albums to jazz’s great composers (SCCD 31677 Mockingbird – music of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, SCCD 31717 Orange is the color – music of Charles Mingus). On this their third album for the label Knuffke& Stacken comes into their element of new jazz with adventurous twists with modern composers: Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Misha Mengelberg. “…. a set that rises above the heap of albums paying tribute to jazz god fathers ” (Mark Shanley on “Orange Was The Color” – JazzTimes) “ This is nostalgia made vibrant, … Continue reading

Jesse Stacken, Kirk Knuffke – Orange Was The Color (SCCD 31717)

SteepleChase debut album by piano/trumpet duo of Kirk Kuffke and Jesse Stacken interpreting tunes by Ellington and Monk recorded live (SCCD 31677 “Mockingbird”) prompted Derek Taylor of Master of a Small House to comment, “… They rightly take clever liberties with the tunes, …. Most importantly, they take their time with the pieces and that unhurried pace pays huge dividends in the amount of space it opens up for the repartee….. as Stacken notes in the notes, a few mistakes occur, but damn if they don’t matter a whit when the give and take that surrounds them is this good.” Their second album here is dedicated to the compositions by … Continue reading

Jesse Stacken, Kirk Knuffke – Mockingbird (SCCD 31677)

Pianist Stacken and trumpeter Knuffke are the two new faces on SteepleChase label. Both of them joined the New York jazz scene relatively recent years (Stacken 2002 and Knuffke 2005). They have rapidly established themselves both as leaders and sidemen. Here on their SteepleChase debut album the Duo succeeds in presenting an intriguing program of Monk/Ellington/Strayhorn works. 1. Light Blue (Thelonious Monk)2. Teo (Thelonious Monk)3. Such Sweet Thunder (Duke Ellington)4. Reflections (Thelonious Monk)5. Skippy (Thelonious Monk)6. Isfahan (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)7. Misterioso (Thelonious Monk)8. Bright Missisippi (Thelonious Monk)9. Sunset And The Mocking Bird (Duke Ellington)10. Four In One (Thelonious Monk) UPC/EAN: 716043167722 … Continue reading