Few musicians have been as enthusiastically and unanimously applauded with a debut recording as trumpeter Kirk Knuffke with his CD “Big Wig” (Clean Feed). Now he returns with a second opus, in partnership with two musicians with whom he has been associated for some years, Doug Wieselman (clarinet, guitar) and Kenny Wollesen (drums). Like Knuffke, both are members of the Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris and Wollesen is a frequent John Zorn collaborator and leader of several bands that include Knuffke. Again, we can expect Knuffke will be a sensation: this is wonderful music and often times surprising. There is much more to hear in this collection of tracks than the free bop style often identified with the present day New York scene. The album itself does not suffer from any kind of amnesia – here, the musical past is well remembered and presented in a new and outstanding way. The title of the album refers only to a family episode. “Amnesia Brown” is the nickname given by Knuffke’s mother to his great grandfather, who disappeared and was found some years later in another city with another surname, Brown, a new family and claimed no memory of the past.