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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]