Landon Knoblock | Listening Between

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Listening Between

by Landon Knoblock

Acoustic piano trio, modern jazz sound, original compositions and free improvisations. Creative, organic, spontaneous.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Open Gate
3:29 $0.99
2. Listening Between
8:07 $0.99
3. Wilma
2:07 $0.99
4. Blue Summer
7:04 $0.99
5. Mind Balanced
5:06 $0.99
6. Burning Point
6:27 $0.99
7. Reminiscent
5:48 $0.99
8. Requiem For E.a.
4:46 $0.99
9. Pley
7:33 $0.99
10. When You Are Gone
7:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Listening Between” is the debut of Landon Knoblock, a young pianist from Florida who has recently moved to New York. The album was released at the end of 2006 and since then, Landon has been touring America and Europe to promote it, gaining acclaim in Italy as well, where he opened for Gianluca Petrella and Antonello Salis\' duo concert at the “Young Jazz in Town” festival in Foligno. Landon is the composer of all the tracks on the CD, some of which were composed in collaboration with other components of the trio, bassist Joe Rehmer and drummer Austin McMahon. Saxophonist Phil Doyle joins them for three tracks as well.

Signs of jazz tradition wind their way through Knoblock\'s modern, introspective acoustic jazz, but the music avoids aligning itself too closely with the tradition. As composer, pianist and improviser, Knoblock is influenced by caucasian pianists, above all, Bill Evans and Paul Bley: in the first place, he demonstrates a similar melodic taste and elegant, relaxed touch with a large dynamic range; in the second place, he has inherited a desire to experiment. Naturally, his taste for adventure is one of his most stimulating traits, typified on tracks like “Open Gate,” “Wilma,” “Mind Balanced,” (in which the emotional intensity reminds one of Charles Lloyd, helped by McMahon\'s use of bells and tortured wails from Doyle), or “Reminiscent.”

Under its elegant, patinaed surface, “Listening Between” reveals not only care for detail and a perfectly balanced sound thanks to the incredible empathy between the musicians, but also a sincere passion for music which Knoblock manages to express with a few essential brush strokes—a gift not all musicians have.

-Roberto De Virtis,

Landon Knoblock is a creative pianist, an ambitious composer, and an adventurous improviser. Hailed as “a superb pianist” by Ed Blanco of, his music is passionate and spontaneous. Landon Knoblock’s trio has been described by Robert De Virtis of as “three musicians who concentrate on the most essential musical elements, intent and inspired in the creation of a modern music, carefully crafted and direct, and with impressive interplay.” His performances are characterized by the highest level of artistry. The New York Times states that “Landon Knoblock . . . has quietly been making waves for his reflective and lyrical style.”

Originally from Miami, Landon Knoblock is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He regularly performs in New York’s creative music venues, such as the 55 Bar, Barbes, and the Knitting Factory. His trio has also performed at the Boston Music Festival, SciFi Philly, Twins Jazz in Washington DC, and the Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club in Miami. Internationally, the Landon Knoblock Trio has performed at the Young Jazz in Town Festival and the Art Blakey Jazz Club in Italy. Other notable performances include backing the acclaimed vocalist Kevin Mahogany, working with trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and opening for the virtuosic Italian pianist Antonello Salis.

Landon Knoblock currently leads a quartet with Ron Horton on trumpet, Ben Allison on bass, and Jeff Davis on drums. His second trio album, “The Heartbeat, The Breath”, has recently been released on CAMjazz. Landon Knoblock’s music is original and organic, and draws the listener into a new realm of connection and experience with art.



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Joe Davidian

sonic exploration through listening; truly meaningful music
Listening Between is a well-produced album; the songs progress logically and provide an accurate representation of the artists' true selves. Each musician contributes equally to the music, not only compositionally, but by listening and reacting to the others' ideas, providing an environment where anything can, and DOES, happen. And only a debut? I look forward to hearing more from Landon!