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It's Not Business, It's Personal

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It's Not Business, It's Personal
It's Not Business, It's Personal


The career and music of Seattle-based composer/arranger and trumpeter James Knapp is a known and respected quantity in the inner circles of jazz music, inhabited by its musicians, bandleaders, journalists and educators. Those fortunate enough to gain awareness of the intrinsic beauty of his music place the work of his Composers and Improvisers Orchestra of the '70s-'80s and his more recent assemblage, the 13-piece Jim Knapp Orchestra, in the upper echelon of modern jazz composition. For this 2009 session, we find the band focused and in top form, as it often was during a very active period in the early 2000s. Made up of a highly creative collection of colleagues from the Cornish College of the Arts, former students, and Seattle professionals, the music was approached with seriousness, dedication and honour, with the fun and fulfilment that comes with that level of involvement very evident.

"Jim Knapp's music is full of intensity, emotion and creative textures. His music should be more known. It's among the best of orchestral jazz being written these days." - MARIA SCHNEIDER

Matt Jorgensen - Drums Jon Hamar - Bass Paul Taub - Flute Mark Taylor - Saxophone Steve Treseler - Saxophone Stuart MacDonald - Saxophone Jim Dejoie - Saxophone Brad Allison - Trumpet Vern Sielert - Trumpet Jay Thomas - Trumpet Tom Varner - Horn Jeff Hay - Trombone John Hansen - Piano Chris Stover - Trombone


  1. Name
  2. Miami Vince
  3. Afterthought
  4. The Presence Of Absence
  5. Kumasi
  6. Gray Skies
  7. Forward Motion
  8. Modal Horizon
  9. Nerds Of Steel

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