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Some recent press quotes
As with most piano-less or chord-less trios, there is a high expectation of the bassist. Kneer rises to the occasion with a combination of rhythmic precision and soaring countermelodies (…). He is just as apt with the bow as he is without and can often mix chords with wild effects.
Kneer finds his way in any register and any dynamics: spindly bouncing, singing, with hovering double stops or percussive sounds.
Kneer is a very gifted bass player, both with and without the bow, and both within the jazz-oriented as the more abstract tinted European free improvisation.
Baars, Kneer and Elgart won over the entirely filled church with perhaps the most intensely concentrated concert of these four days. Mightily beautiful. So beautiful even, that we didn’t want to interrupt its reverberating beauty with the performance of the next band, later in that same church.
… a fierceful improviser – i’m very impressed by his thunderous glissandi …
I am becoming a big fan of his. he provides rock bottom support and great solo work, both arco and pizzicato. he is definitely an original player but every once in a while i think i hear a Mingus influence.
The double bass player proves to be an attentive and congenial partner of the famous saxophonist (Ab Baars): his playing is dynamically varied, dark and temperamental either in bowing or in pizzicato.
He proves to be as sonically adaptable as (Bertram) Turetzky.
(Stef, 16 august 2010, Free Jazz)
... who's manoevrable bass playing at the end, with all his empathic reactions towards the partner, makes the cd ?windfall' so extraordinary.
... his sublime arco work combines perfectly with the legato-lines, played by baars on his tenor saxophone.
... (Kneer) offers a stravinsky-like counterpoint to the always melodious music of baars, a sonorous rug of a big accuracy. He finds vibrations of the exact volume, depth and timing and relaunches by there even the melodious process of ab baars.
He's a real storyteller on the bass. He has a warm "voice", conviction and easily enchants you with his stories.
... ... Kneer is the perfect glue... (His) sophisticated contribution holds their stream of ideas together and thus creates an overview for both the band and the public
... ... Van Veenendaal and Kneer write gripping compositions that take a whimsical course and reach a lot further than the typical theme-solo-theme setup found in most jazz music
Chlebnikov wove a variation of bird sounds into his poetry and Kneer's "Birds", composed from a transcription, is a musical translation based on delicately sampled bird sounds that hits the nail on the head.
... The very fast :Miniature Très Vite"" is a special demonstration of double bass player Meinrad Kneer?s strength in speed, bringing his bass to swing and sing especially in the lower regions.
... The compositions written by reed player Tobias Klein and double bass player Meinrad Kneer exceed every level of sophisticated story-telling.
...a bass player, alternating between picking and bowing, showing himshelf as a virtuoso in ornamentation...
... Tobias Klein along with bassist Kneer is responsible for all the compositions, and their writing is superb.
... Kneer has a balanced and bright sound resembling the quality of a cello. His intonation is accurate and his timing carries the band.