Really OK

by Chris Speed Trio

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about

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 the direction. This 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.

"One of the best jazz records of the year; seamlessly connecting
their abiding love and respect for jazz tradition with an inherent interest in pushing the music forward." Chicago Reader

credits

released March 15, 2014

Dave King - drums
Chris Tordini - acoustic bass
Chris Speed - tenor saxophone

recorded august 7 and 8th 2013 by Jason Orris
at The Terrarium, Minneapolis, MN
assisted by Rob Oesterlin
mastered by Bruce Templeton at Magneto Mastering

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Chris Speed Brooklyn, New York

Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and tenor saxophonist based in Brooklyn, NY, and a principal figure in a dynamic left- of-center jazz/improv scene in the city. (NYTimes). Associations include Endangered Blood, Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora, The Clarinets, Alas No Axis, Claudia Quintet, Bloodcount, Dave King Trucking Band, Uri Caine, John Zorn, and Craig Taborn. ... more

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