Nate Wooley’s KNKNIGHGH
Clean Feed Records 2017
knknighgh (pronounced knife) is a radical new take on the classic free jazz quartet tradition. Inspired by the minimalist poems of Aram Saroyan, Wooley wrote only one short and fragmented for this group, which consists of three of the most interesting upcoming musicians in New York today: Chris Pitsiokos on alto saxophone, Brandon Lopez on bass, and Dre Hocevar on drums.
The group worked tirelessly on pushing the simple 13 bar theme to its limits. Wooley wrote short fragmentary loop compositions that could be triggered by a simple auditory cue by anyone in the band, making this a form of composition by committee. The group finds new configurations of the almost non-existent material that give a fresh perspective on the free jazz aesthetic while forcing the players out of their comfort zones and into pure creative energy.