Deric Dickens/Kirk Knuffke + Ben Willis/Luke Polipnick – Thursday, 4/5, AFTA
Thursday, April 5th
Audio For the Arts, 7 S. Blair st.
8pm, $8 admission
Deric Dickens and Kirk Knufke are touring in support of Dickens’ critically acclaimed new cd “Speed Dating,” an album of improvised duos with a wide net of partners including Matt Wilson and Kirk Knufke. Dickens is a Brooklyn-based drummer with serious bop credentials, but his new cd showcases his skills as an improviser in a broader context. He swings ferociously at times; other points find him exploring texture, timbre, and color over time.
Trumpeter Kirk Knufke is best known for his work in the Grammy-winning Matt Wilson Quartet, but he is one of the busiest trumpeters in New York, both as a sideman and bandleader. He has performed with a long list of the most cutting-edge jazz musicians in the world, and it is a rare treat to have him back in Madison (SBR brought the Matt Wilson Quartet to a capacity-filled Project Lodge two summers ago). Opening the night will be Ben Willis and Luke Polipnick of Glacier. They will perform a set of duo improvisations, and will join Deric and Kirk for a closing set as a quartet. This is going to be a really fun night, don’t miss it!