Reviews that mention Jesse Stacken

January 6, 2016

Carlo Costa's Acustica

Strata
Neithernor n/n 004

By Ken Waxman

Having firmly established himself with smaller bands, percussionist Carlo Costa's ups the ante with Strata, an extended score for 13 musicians, which like the sedimentary matter it reflects, intermingles graphical and notated scores plus improvisation to simultaneously expose sonic layers of substratum. Usually part of stand-alone duos, trios and quartets, the Italian-born, NYC-based Costa is just one of many younger musicians exploring the possibilities implicit in creating large-scale, cyclical performances, including his frequent associates, violinist Franz Loriot – who isn’t on this disc – and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, who is. MORE

November 1, 2012

Jesse Stacken

Bagatelles for Trio
Fresh Sound New Talent FSNT 398

The Mighty Mouse

Live at Glenn Miller Café

Barefoot Records BFRC 016CD

Perhaps the reason for the so-called classic piano trio’s longstanding popularity in Jazz is the number of musical permutations that the three instruments can create together. Think of nearly any track recorded by Bill Evans’ trio with Paul Motian in the early 1960s alongside a Red Garland set with Paul Chambers and Art Taylor at the same time, for instance, and completely different boundaries are starkly revealed. MORE

October 20, 2011

Jesse Stacken/Kirk Knuffke

Orange Was The Color
Steeplechase SCCD 31717

Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Manfred Schoof

Blue Hawk

Jazzwerkstatt JW 119

Participants in these brass-piano duos are at least four decades apart in age and from two different countries, but each configuration has conceived a personal approach to sound al, but in a fashion in this reductionist setting.

Two non-East Coasters transplanted to Brooklyn, pianist Jesse Stacken and cornetist Kirk Knuffke are part of the floating gestalt of the Apple’s young performers. Both have worked with a variety of tyro and veteran musicians including saxophonist Michael Blake, bassist Lisle Ellis and drummer Kenny Wollesen. In 2009 the duo released a CD recasting tunes by Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, and Orange Was The Color does the same for 11 Charles Mingus compositions in a balladic configuration. MORE