Jim Knapp Orchestra

It's Not Business, It's Personal

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558283420
Catnr: ORIGIN 82834
Release date: 11 March 2022
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€ 19.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82834
Release date
11 March 2022

About the album

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 honor, with the fun and fulfillment that comes with that level of involvement very evident.
Die Karriere und die Musik des in Seattle lebenden Komponisten, Arrangeurs und Trompeters James Knapp ist in den inneren Kreisen der Jazzmusik, in denen Musiker, Bandleader, Journalisten und Pädagogen verkehren, eine bekannte und respektierte Größe. Diejenigen, die das Glück haben, die Schönheit seiner Musik kennenzulernen, zählen die Werke seines Composers and Improvisers Orchestra aus den 70er und 80er Jahren und seines 13-köpfigen Jim Knapp Orchestra aus jüngerer Zeit zur Spitzenklasse der modernen Jazzkomposition. Bei dieser Session im Jahr 2009 präsentiert sich die Band konzentriert und in Topform, wie so oft während einer sehr aktiven Phase in den frühen 2000er Jahren. Die hochkreativen Musiker, die sich aus Kollegen des Cornish College of the Arts, ehemaligen Studenten und Profis aus Seattle zusammensetzten, gingen die Musik mit Ernsthaftigkeit, Hingabe und Ehre an, wobei der Spaß und die Erfüllung, die mit diesem Engagement einhergehen, deutlich spürbar waren.


Jim Knapp studied trumpet and composition at the University of Illinois. In 1977, he began an eight-year stint as director of the Composers And Improvisors Orchestra. This was a jazz chamber orchestra, created to present new work by members of the orchestra and by composers such as Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Bob Brookmeyer, Gil Evans, Dave Holland, Jim McNeely, Art Lande, Gary Peacock, Julian Priester, Sam Rivers and Cedar Walton. Resident in the Pacific Northwest, in 1995 he formed the Jim Knapp Orchestra. This band, which performed at clubs and festivals in the region and has recorded for Seabreeze and A-Records, drew its repertoire largely from Knapp's original compositions and arrangements. In the mid- and late 90s he could also be heard accompanying other artists, appearing, for example, with singer Jay Clayton. Knapp's next venture came in 1999 when he founded the Chamber Groove Orchestra, a large ensemble using regular big band instrumentation together with strings, voices and woodwinds. Knapp has also written music for theatre and dance companies. He is a skilled trumpeter although the chief focus of his talent appears to lie in his work as a composer and orchestrator of music of great lyrical beauty.

The Jim Knapp Orchestra is a 13 piece jazz ensemble that has achieved a unique and original sound through the compositions and arrangements of Jim Knapp. The orchestra features many of the finest jazz soloists in the Northwest. The band has appeared at the Royal Room, Seattle Drum School, Tula's, The Earshot Jazz Festival, Cornish College of the Arts, The University of Washington, IAJE festival (Long Beach), Jazz Alley, The Seasons Performance Series (Yakima), Bumbershoot, Patti Summers' Jazz Club, About The Music, Jazzbones, The Medenbauer Center, Arts West, and the OK Hotel. In addition the band has appeared in collaboration with Lee Konitz, Jay Clayton, Julian Priester, Ingrid Jensen, John Wikan, Jovino Santos Neto, Whitney James, Courtney Cutchins, Johanna Kunin, Robin Holcomb, Kirk Nurock, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. The orchestra has received the Earshot "Best Acoustic Jazz Group" and "Recording of the Year" awards and was on several lists of best recordings of 2003. Available CD's include "On Going Home" - Seabreeze Jazz (2078), "Things For Now" - A-Records (AL 73180) and Secular Breathing - Origin (82412).



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