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Chris Speed

Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. His bands include Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy , Pachora and The Clarinets. He is a member of Jim Black’s Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet. Speed was born in Seattle in 1967 and graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1990. In 1992 he moved to NYC where he joined Tim Berne’s Bloodcount. Throughout the nineties Speed worked with many pioneering bands in the creative new music/downtown scene including the Dave Douglas Sextet, Myra Melford’s Same River Twice, Erik Freidlander’s Chimera, John Zorn’s Bar Kokhba and Mark Dresser’s trio with Anthony Coleman. During this time he also began pursuing his interest in East European folk music, forming Pachora in 1992, and traveling throughout Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Macedonia. Speed is considered one of the leading NYC musicians linking jazz and creative improvisation with Eastern European and Middle Eastern folk music. Currently, he works with Uri Caine’s Bach, Mahler, and Mozart projects, as well as Ben Perowsky’s quartet. Chris was named the rising star clarinetist in Downbeat magazine for 2004 and 2005. In July 2004 he was the special guest at the Copenhagen International Jazz Festival, working with ten different cutting edge Danish groups. In April 2006, he launched Skirl Records, a label dedicated to Brooklyn based creative music.

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Anatomy

Label: Contagious Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Abstract 1; Fight Song; Nightfall; Equals; Abstract 2; Perseverance; Exit; Abstract 3; Speed Kills; Moonglow.

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Article: Hi-Res Jazz

Human Feel: Speak To It

Read "Human Feel: Speak To It" reviewed by Mark Werlin


What is chamber jazz? The emergence of chamber jazz as a genre can be traced to the innovative sextet sides recorded in the mid-1930s by bandleader John Kirby, and to the trio and small-ensemble post-war recordings of Benny Goodman. By the late 1940s, the term 'chamber jazz' was widely used in industry publications such ...

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Article: Album Review

Billy Mohler: Anatomy

Read "Anatomy" reviewed by John Chacona


Can we please retire the old cliché about jazz from jny: Los Angeles being limp, wan and bland? One listen to pianist Cameron Graves' slamming metal-jazz or to the jittery complexity of David Binney's recent releases should be enough to torch that outdated canard. Now comes bassist Billy Mohler with Anatomy, 43 minutes of amped-up, torqued-out ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Broken Shadows with Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson, Dave King

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Street Woman; Body; Toy Dance; Ecars; Civilization Day; Comme il Faut; Dogon A.D.; C.O.D.; Una Muy Bonita; Song For Che; Walls-Bridges; Broken Shadows.

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Article: Live Review

Jazz&Wine Of Peace 2021

Read "Jazz&Wine Of Peace 2021" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Jazz&Wine Of Peace 2021 Cormons (GO) Varie sedi nel Collio e nella Brda 21-25.10.2021 Giunta alla ventiquattresima edizione, l'annuale rassegna Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormons ha superato ancora una volta se stessa, proponendo un programma ricchissimo, che vedeva accanto alla parte “istituzionale" --la sera in teatro, nel corso del giorno ...

Article: Live Review

Broken Shadows a JazzMI 2021

Read "Broken Shadows a JazzMI 2021" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Broken Shadows JazzMI Triennale MiIano Teatro 24.10.2021 Tra le svariate decine di concerti proposti dall'edizione 2021 del festival JazzMI, il più interessante era senza dubbio quello dei Broken Shadows. Una formazione di altissima caratura, in cui troviamo due tra i migliori saxofonisti della scena avant contemporanea, Tim Berne all'alto e ...

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Article: Album Review

Stéphane Payen, Ingrid Laubrock, Chris Tordini, Tom Rainey: All Set

Read "All Set" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The contrasts heard on All Set are both its center and its strength. The music, contributed by saxophonists Stéphane Payen (straight alto saxophone) and Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone) is inspired by Milton Babbitt's third stream serial composition “All Set" which was performed in 1957. While that piece was through- composed, these nine compositions stand out for ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Linda Fredriksson, Steve Coleman, Lyle Mays, Chris Speed & More New Releases

Read "Linda Fredriksson, Steve Coleman, Lyle Mays, Chris Speed & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We are back on the new releases trail with an exceptionally packed playlist featuring a posthumous release by Lyle Mays in celebration of Eberhard Weber, the many sides of Chris Speed, exciting upcoming releases by Makaya McCraven, Irreversible Entanglements, Common, Linda Fredriksson, Steve Coleman, and exciting recent albums by Marc Johnson, Andrew Cyrille, and Douglas J. ...


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