Kirk Knuffke, Ted Brown – Pound Cake (SCCD 31749)

SCCD 31749 Kirk Knuffke & Ted Brown “Pound Case” Cornettist Kirk Knuffke whose previous release “Like A Tree” (SCCD 31739) with his duo collaborator Jesse Stachen prompted Peter Margasak of DownBeat to write, “… Its performances are pitch-perfect, displaying an intuitive understanding that rings something deeply personal to the project.” For his SteepleChase recording #4 project Kirk had a very special partner in mind: veteran tenorman Ted Brown who is out of the Tristano school and at the age of 84 still active and creative on the world stage. “Pound Case” is “ of great subtlety, quality and beauty …” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) “…Sitting comfortably at the … 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