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An AAJ Interview with Chris Speed

By Published: May 4, 2006

AAJ: At the risk of asking a question similar to asking a parent to name his or her favorite child, is there any one track on IFFY that is your favorite?

CS: No.

AAJ: As follow up, is there any one track that you feel encapsulates the band/disc?

CS: No

AAJ: (maybe an easier question) are there any specific inspirations or personal events that underlie any of the tunes? If it isn't getting too personal, could you please share any anecdotes about the how and why these tracks came to be?

CS: Well, it isn't a tribute record, I just wrote some music.

I will say that the idea was to record a jazz album as dub as possible, and Chris and Danny at Good and Evil totally hooked it up, they tracked it on a 2" 16-Track Deck at 15 ips; and mixed down to a 1/2" at 30 ips and we compressed the shit out of it, and put the mixes as in your face as we could. I especially love the crackly organ...

AAJ: You've worked with a diverse range of musicians. What recordings do you believe have been the most beneficial, challenging, satisfying, rewarding, etc.? Why?

CS: I can't single out any recording as the "most" of anything. I tend to see things on more of a continuum. I just try to be in the moment I'm in, have fun, and make good music.

AAJ: What musicians that you have never worked with before would you most like to work with? Why?

CS: Bjork. Whadda ya mean "why?"

AAJ: What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you while performing or recording?

CS: Well, as Briggan mentioned in his wonderfully pithy interview, we did a Good Kitty gig at Walkers in Tribeca where we were heckled out of the place by some asshole, but not before playing a 3 minute freak out that we wish had been recorded. I guess that was "funnyÃ?—? (now) and "embarrassing" (then) but "annoying" is more descript.

And then there was the time...

AAJ: What other projects can we expect from Chris Speed in 2000-2001?

CS: hmmm...

The 3rd yeah NO record, Emit, will be out in October on Songlines. Followed by a tour in Europe in November. And I'm learning to speak Italian.

CHRIS SPEED discography*

as a leader

with Chris Speed Trio
Chris Speed Trio—IFFY (Knitting Factory Records)

with yeah, NO
EMIT (Songlines) (fall 2000 release)
DEVIANTICS (Songlines)
YEAH, NO (Songlines)

as a co-leader

with Pachora
AST(Knitting Factory Records)
UNN (Knitting Factory Records)

PACHORA (Knitting Factory Works)
Various Artists—A TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK (Avant) (with Pachora)

with Human Feel
SPEAK TO IT (Songlines)
WELCOME TO MALPESTA (New World/Countercurrents)
SCATTER (GM Recordings)
HUMAN FEEL (Human Use)

as a sideman

with Tim Berne
bloodcount—LOWLIFE (JMT)
bloodcount—POISONED MINDS (JMT)
bloodcount—MEMORY SELECT (JMT)
bloodcount—UNWOUND (Screwgun)
bloodcount—DISCRETION (Screwgun)
bloodcount—SATURATION POINT (Screwgun)

with Dave Douglas
SOUL ON SOUL (BMG / RCA Victor Records)
IN OUR LIFETIME (New World/Countercurrents)
SANCTUARY (Avant)
STARGAZER (Arabesque)

with Mark Dresser
BANQUET (Tzadik)
EYE'LL BE SEEING YOU (Knitting Factory Records)

with Erik Friedlander
CHIMERA (Avant)
THE WATCHMAN (Tzadik)

with Myra Melford
THE SAME RIVER, TWICE (Gramavision)
ABOVE BLUE (Arabesque Jazz)

with Orange Then Blue
WHILE YOU WERE OUT (GM Recordings)
HOLD THE ELEVATOR (GM Recordings)

with Satoko Fujii Orchestra
JO (Buzz-Records)
DOUBLE TAKE (East Works)

with others
Jim Black—ALAS NO AXIS (Winter and Winter) (fall 2000 release)
James Emery—SPECTRAL DOMAINS (Enja)
Raetus Flisch—MISSING BEAT (Brambus)
Michael Formanek—NATURE OF THE BEAST (Enja)
Mitchell Froom—DOPAMINE (Atlantic)
Goats and Trees—WHEN THE MORNING COMES (Rudy)
Jerry Granelli and Badlands—ENTER, A DRAGON (Songlines)
Hilmar Jensson—DOFINN (Jazzis)
Briggan Krauss' Good Kitty—GOOD KITTY (Knitting Factory Works)
Susan McKeown—BUSHES AND BRIARS (Alula)
Ben Perowsky- BEN PEROWSKY TRIO
Jamie Saft—SOFLANUT (Tzadik)
Ron Sexsmith—OTHER SONGS (Interscope)
John Zorn—BAR KOKHBA (Tzadik)
Various Artists—GREAT JEWISH MUSIC: BURT BACHARACH (Tzadik)
Various Artists—THE ALT.COFFEE TAPES (Katadin)



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