Christof Knoche: LINE ZERO Christof Knoche: Line Zero
(OmniTone 15202)

World debut recording.

Almost too much music to be made by a quartet,   but what a smokin' group!  Led by talented German saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and composer Christof Knoche, this New York-based pianoless foursome stays slippery, groove-grounded, and razor-sharp on tunes that blur the line between composition and improvisation.

Knoche listened to and jammed with classic rural blues and American pop records as a boy in Germany and later worked extensively on the World Music festival scene with singers from Tuva, Mongolia, and Russian, Egyptian violinists, and African drummers.  He poured those diverse experiences into a palpably colorful set of originals, executed by top-flight New York "downtown" improvisers, including jazz trumpet's next big thing, Russ Johnson.  Prepare to be Knochenized!

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Click on title to listen to Windows Media sample:

  1. "Line Zero" (6:54)
  2. "Perzina" (5:14)
  3. "The Orange Stream" (7:57)
  4. "Key of Five" (6:10)
  5. "The Few" (6:47)
  6. "Über" (8:12)
  7. "12-10" (7:03)
  8. "The Dazzle" (5:35)

All compositions by Christof Knoche.

Christof Knoche
, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet · Russ Johnson, trumpet
Bob Bowen III, bass · Dan Weiss · drums.

Recorded on 17 June 1999 at Maggie's Farm.
Recording Engineer: Matt Balitsaris
Mastering Engineer: Peter Karl

Producer: Christof Knoche
Executive Producer: Frank Tafuri

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