Chris Tordini - bass
Dave King - drums
Chris Tordini - tenor saxophone

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“The music here occupies a space outside of time, a testament to the trio’s unique ability to dig into a older style and pull out new sounds from it.” - Downbeat


Jörg Konrad, KK, Kulturkomplott, 5. 8. 2017
Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy, 2017, BA 95
Ulrich Steinmetzger, Leipziger Volkszeitung, Deutschland, 11.8. 2017
Nate Chinen, WBGO, USA, August 14, 2017
Claude Loxhay, JazzAround, Belgium, August 2017

Ulrich Steinmetzger, Südkurier, Deutschand, 25. 8. 2017
Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, August 18, 2017
Steff Rohrbach, Jazznmore, Schweiz, Sept-Okt 2017

Will Layman, Pop Matters, USA, 28 August 2017
Izzy Yellen, Downbeat Editors's Pick, September 2017

Karel Van Keymeulen, De Standaard, 8.9. 2017
Jazztrail, New York, 26. September 2017
Enrico Bettinello, Giornaledellamusica, Italia, September 2017
Georges Tonla Briquet, Jazzenzo, Netherland, 13. September 2017
Phil Freeman, New York City Jazz Record, October 2017
Paul Jaillet, Jazz Magazine, Paris, Octobre 2017

Udo Andris, Jazzpodium, Deutschland, Oktober 2017
Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, October 20, 2017
Hannes Schweiger, Concerto, Österreich, Okt-Nov 2017

Ulf Thelander, Orkester Journalen, Sweden, November 2017
Peter Bornemar, DigJazz, Sweden, November 9, 2017
Dave Sumner, Birds of the Worm. Nov. 13, 2017
Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise, London, December 2017
Les son du grisli, France, December 2017

Karel Van Keymeulen, De Standaard, Belgium, 9. Dezember 2017 7
Peter Margasak, Best CDs of 2018, Chicago Reader, January 2018


Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, reed player Chris Speed has been one of the most vital improvising  musicians on the scene. His work has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music. With the formation of this excellent trio with drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus) and bassist Chris Tordini he's sort of reversed direction. The is a group returning from other explorations to work deep within the jazz tradition, bringing everything else they've learned back in. What is most compelling about this music is the incorporation of early jazz styles in a way that is direct and deeply felt. The music is joyful and generous and Speed has an uncanny knack for coming up with tunes that can create a whole world of emotions and formal possibilities behind an often catchy melodic surface. The trio released their latest album, 'Platinum on Tap', on August 18, 2017 on Intakt Records.