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Gravity Without Airs

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The exemplary and well-travelled cornetist Kirk Knuffke presents a bold new trio, with bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Matthew Shipp, on an intimate and expansive double album.

'Gravity Without Airs features' the three world-class musicians on Knuffke compositions and in open form, creating a tour-de-force of poetry and verve. It's available as a 2CD in deluxe 8-panel digipak and a 2LP in deluxe gatefold sleeve with download card, the liner notes are by Francis Davis.

This is Knuffke's debut as a leader for TAO Forms. Accolades for the cornetist's recent work as leader include NPR's Jazz Album of the Year laurel for 2017's Cherryco, his homage to Don Cherry, a prime influence. DownBeat praised the way that album showcased Knuffke's "nonchalant versatility and ebullient melodic gifts," while esteemed critic Francis Davis called it "nothing short of spectacular." Davis also wrote the liner notes for Gravity...noting the allure of Knuffke's instrumental aplomb: "Kirk plays as if his cornet is a part of him - he plays with it, not just on it."

On his guiding artistic impulse, Kirk Knuffke says: "I'm concerned with making beautiful music. Beauty is always first, though not in a precious way. It can be in a rough way, too." A prolific, lauded record-maker, 'Gravity Without Airs' fulfils his poetic aims as well as any recording he has made. This work finds Knuffke in the rare, even unique, trio format of cornet, piano and double-bass. His partners are two ever-estimable pillars of creative music, and the work they've created together here brims with melody and mystery, intimacy and dynamism.

"Rhythmically precise, New Orleans funky and full of grace, Kirk Knuffke's music is a reflection of his multifaceted personality: part musical sage, part jazz philosopher, a self-taught musician with wide interests, endless curiosity and an abundance of good humour." - DownBeat


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  2. Gravity Without Airs
  3. Stars Go Up
  4. Between Today And May
  5. The Sun Is Always Shining
  6. Birds Of Passage
  7. Time Is Another River
  8. The Water Will Win
  9. June Stretched
  10. Blinds
  11. Piece Of Sky
  12. Paint Pale Silver
  13. Heal The Roses
  14. Today For Today
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