The first volume published by buddy‘s knife was a selection of poetic work by the American jazz bassist Henry Grimes. signs along the road presents a selection of previously unpublished entries from thousands of pages of diaries he wrote during his thirty-year absence.
Also published in March 2007 was the book who owns music? by William Parker. It is a compilation of his political thoughts, musicological essays and poems. Parker, contrabassist like Grimes, is the Unofficial Mayor of the Lower East Side jazz scene in New York. Together with his wife Patricia Nicholson Parker he founded the Vision Festival in New York.
Published in March 2009 was the book subway moon by saxophonist Roy Nathanson, former member of the Lounge Lizards and founder of the Jazz Passengers. Nathanson is an internationally acclaimed jazz composer whose music is inconceivable without his poetry.
In March 2010 buddy’s knife jazzedition published the anthology silent solos – improvisers speak. This project, edited by Renate Da Rin (co-editor Guy N. Fraser), features the written artistry of 50 top-class, internationally renowned improvising musicians from today’s avant-garde scene, including Leena Conquest, Cooper-Moore, Jayne Cortez, Charles Gayle, Gunter Hampel, Oliver Lake, Yusef Lateef, Joёlle Léandre, Sabir Mateen, Nicole Mitchell, William Parker, Matana Roberts, Larry Roland, Matthew Shipp, Warren Smith, Lisa Sokolov and David S. Ware, with an incisive foreword penned by George E. Lewis. Plans for the future include part II of the anthology and further authorial literature. In September 2011, the latest buddy's knife jazzedition book project "music in my soul" - the autobiography of the late alto saxophonist Noah Howard - was released.
List of publicationsEdit
- Henry Grimes: signs along the road. buddy’s knife jazzedition, Cologne 2007. ISBN 978-3-00-020142-4
- William Parker: who owns music?. buddy’s knife jazzedition, Cologne 2007. ISBN 978-3-00-020141-7
- Roy Nathanson: subway moon. buddy’s knife jazzedition, Cologne 2009. ISBN 978-3-00-025376-8
- Renate Da Rin (Hrsg.): silent solos - improvisers speak. buddy's knife jazzedition, Cologne 2010. ISBN 978-3-00-030557-3
- Noah Howard: music in my soul. buddy's knife jazzedition, Cologne 2011. ISBN 978-3-00-034401-5
The company’s name buddy’s knife refers to the intersection at which legendary trumpeter Buddy Bolden, a revolutionary spirit who exposed himself to danger, meets the knife he used as a tool to sever bonds with tradition. His risk and proficiency left us with the imprint for an art form that has continued to flourish long after his death.