CHRIS SPEED TRIO

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MUSICIANS:
Chris Tordini - bass
Dave King - drums
Chris Speed - tenor saxophone

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EUROPE: 29 OCTOBER - 5 NOVEMBER (2018) 

USA: NOVEMBER 25-30 (2018)

LATEST ALBUM: PLATINUM ON TAP (2017) INTAKT RECORDS

“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.” - Izzy Yellen, Downbeat

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BIO:

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.

ABOUT PLATINUM ON TAP:

This new album by Chris Speed's excellent trio with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini is in many ways Speed's most fully developed and personal work to date. Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, he has become one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene through work that has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music.

With the formation of this trio Speed has reversed course: moving from these outer explorations back into something that is unquestionably jazz. What is most striking about this record is that the early jazz influences are now fully center stage. Instead of being one of a number of competing musical influences, some kind of feeling of the aesthetic of Lester Young is now at the center of everything. At a time when many jazz players are continuing to look further and further outside the tradition, this is a group returning from other explorations to work deep within the jazz tradition, bringing everything else they've learned back in …

The resulting music is joyful and generous and Speed has an uncanny knack for coming up with tunes that can create a whole worlds behind an often catchy melodic surface.

(Anthony Burr, from the liner notes)

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