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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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Michael and Peter Formanek: Dyads

Read "Dyads" reviewed by John Sharpe


There can be few instances where a parent-offspring hook-up has proved as potent as Dyads by bassist Michael Formanek and his reedman son Peter. With not a hint of featherbedding, the pair interact as equals on a 72-minute program which alternates six charts penned by both with seven collective inventions. While the bassist has amassed a ...

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Article: Interview

Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella

Read "Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Since 2016, and even through the pandemic of 2020, jny: Madison Wisconsin has hosted a steady stream of improvisational music concerts. The majority of these are thanks to the organization named after Wisconsin's native grass, BlueStem Jazz. Founded by two retired professionals and melophiles this non-profit, award-winning establishment is dedicated to promoting and hosting a wide ...

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Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Compass Confusion, the long hoped for return of Craig Taborn's depth defying, solo-gone-quintet from Junk Magic (Thirsty Ear, 2004), climaxes early and often and, however you like to be lured, It pulls you along with a lush velvet hook in your mouth. Reeling it in is a struggle but a blessing. We know that. We get ...

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Article: Radio

Elin Forkelid, Susie Ibarra, Benoît Delbecq, Chris Speed and More New Releases

Read "Elin Forkelid, Susie Ibarra, Benoît Delbecq, Chris Speed and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Navasha Daya's tribute to Gil Scott Heron, several projects that explore the trail Coltrane blazed, artists for whom rhythm is melody and melody is rhythm, musicians who plunge themselves into the inner space and the outer space, debut CDs, reissues, label showcase albums... There's something for everyone in this hour of new and upcoming jazz.

Article: Interview

Danilo Gallo: alla ricerca dell'incoerenza perduta

Read "Danilo Gallo: alla ricerca dell'incoerenza perduta" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Da anni ormai uno dei contrabbassisti e bassisti elettrici più apprezzati e richiesti del nostro Paese, Danilo Gallo fa parte di molte formazioni importanti che crescono di numero al passare del tempo, alcune a proprio nome, come il quartetto Dark Dry Tears, altre collettive, come Guano Padano, altre ancora a nome di altri, come il Tinissima ...

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Article: Album Review

Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by John Sharpe


Although a peerless pianist, Craig Taborn has been captivated by electronics since the age of 12, and he scratches that itch big-time on Compass Confusion. The role of post-production treatments in the creation of jazz records has a long history, from Orrin Keepnews piecing together the issued version of Thelonious Monk's 1956 classic “Brilliant Corners" from ...

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Dream and Guess

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Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 5:37

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Compass Confusion

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Laser Beaming Hearts; Dream and Guess; Compass Confusion; The Science of Why the Devil Smells like Sulfur; The Night Land; Sargasso; Sunsets Forever.

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Plain

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Plain; Copy That; Cry From Hell; Break; Ramblin’ On; Slow Thinker; House Party Starting.


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