Press Quotes


Recent press about "Arms and Hands" on Royal Potato Family

“Like many musicians in his peer group, the cornetist Kirk Knuffke harbors a dual commitment to formal experimentation and bedrock tradition: There’s no either-or. Still, it’s not often that you encounter the harmony of forces found in “Arms & Hands” (Royal Potato Family), Mr. Knuffke’s excellent new album…” – NEW YORK TIMES
“…Knuffke isn’t the least bit reticent about following his restless muse wherever it leads him. The result is a ballooning body of work that is at once prolific, invitingly diverse, and perhaps most dependably, far from predictable.” – DUSTED
“Knuffke’s cornet playing is (as always) flawless. He can deliver burning runs, slur and chirp notes, all with full command of his most demanding instrument.” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Knuffke’s Arms & Hands is a winning new effort featuring bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bill Goodwin…Expect a sparse, subtly inquisitive brand of progressive jazz, perfectly balancing sly groove and meditative exploration.” - TIME OUT NEW YORK
“…this record has a truly urban spirit in its DNA. It speaks of Terkel’s hardscrabble working class Chicago and of Ornette’s 1950s New York with notions of Sonny Rollins eclectic rock and roll esthetic and, back to Chicago, the Art Ensemble’s willingness to push melody and harmony to its outer reaches.” - ABOUT JAZZ

Other press quotes:

"Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene.

Peter Margasak Downbeat magazine

“Kirk Knuffke is a very creative trumpeter.”

“... explorative and advanced yet concise…”

“... colorful, witty, unpredictable, inventive and swinging…”

Scott Yanow, All music guide


“... an abundance of inspired ideas…”

“His writing encompasses hearty in-the-pocket swing, turbulent collective improvisation and spacey, aleatoric interludes with equal conviction”

“drawing a conceptual line from Cootie Williams to Lester Bowie…”

“Big Wig is a smart and engaging debut record…”

Troy Collins, All about Jazz


“There’s a poised fleetness to Knuffke’s lines …Knuffke employs a range of the history of his instrument.”

“Knuffke’s stately pathos tells one more in a few held half-valves than most trumpeters could in a lifetime…”

“... the trumpeter’s self-assured assimilation of the postbop language into free playing is extraordinarily fresh and gimmick-free.”

“... it’s worth keeping a finger on this player’s pulse.”

Clifford Allen, Bagatellen


“Kirk Knuffke on trumpet took an incredible solo here--one of several throughout the evening--showing off his remarkably round tone and patient phrasing.”

Hank Shteamer of Timeout New York, Posted on his Blog


“…nice themes, great improvisations…”

“A joy to hear…”

Stef, Free Jazz Blog Spot