CHRIS SPEED TRIO
UPCOMING TOURS (SUPPORTING PLATINUM ON TAP):
USA TOUR: MARCH 1-15, 2018 ***BOOKING DATES NOW***
EUROPE TOUR: MARCH 16 - 31 2018 ***BOOKING DATES NOW***
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 Chicago Reader tagged their debut album "Really OK" as "one of the best jazz records of the year" and noted the trio "seamlessly connecting their abiding love and respect for jazz tradition with an inherent interest in pushing the music forward."
Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist and is “one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/improv scene in the city” (NYTimes). His own bands include Endangered Blood, Human Feel, Chris Speed Trio, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora and The Clarinets. He is a founding member of Jim Black’s Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet (two of the most influential working bands today), works with Uri Caine (deconstructing works by Mahler, Mozart, Bach, Schoenberg, Gershwin) and maintains a busy career of touring, recording, performing, composing, practicing and teaching. Current projects include work with Craig Taborn's Heroic Frenzies, Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus, Dave King's Trucking Co., Matt Mitchell Quartet, Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue, Banda de los Muertos (NYC’s only Banda band), as well as touring his latest project, Endangered Blood (with Black, Trevor Dunn and Oscar Noriega) which was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts in 2012. (Endangered Blood 2010, Work Your Magic 2013 Skirl).
Jörg Konrad (Kultkomplott):
Chris Speed is an inspiring freeman who is concerned with his dealings with traditions and his own artistic ambitions. A personality who is looking for the permanent challenge, thereby brilliantly brilliant, but also performs great music within a band. One does not have to know the entire instrumental development of the saxophonist born in Seattle in 1967 to appreciate his present release "Platinum On Tap" in its uniqueness. But it definitely helps to recognize the tremendous sound cosmos Speeds, from which he lyrically reduces his controlled fire. This music is structured, refined, intelligent, she has bite and touched in a charming coolness.
With his trio he now increasingly refers to the jazz, as he once characterized it, and which for him is a kind of reliable foundation for all his musical work. Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins are equally dazzling silhouettes of triumphal arches at the back of the stage. But Chris Speed oes not imitate her and he does not attempt to resuscitate any of the old huntsmen. His play unites the tradition and the modern, impresses with its intimate freedom and melodic clarity. Despite its authenticity and dark primed tension, this recording has an almost meditative character. As a furious melancholy, one could also interpret his playing style. Sophisticated and catchy in one.
The bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dave King certainly have an enormous share in this. They hold the music in the river, give it a quiet, but always resilient, substructure. They create rhythmic shoals and rapids, accompany unpredictable and groovy as the devil. Sometimes impertinent and provocative. And these opposites give the music an inner and ultimately audible liveliness. In the here and now. And certainly tomorrow.