Chris Speed

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Chris Speed, Moers Festival 2008

Chris Speed (* 1967 in Seattle , Washington ) is an American saxophonist (soprano, baritone and tenor saxophone) and clarinet player as well as composer and band leader of creative jazz and free improvisation .

Live and act

Chris Speed ​​learned to play the classical piano from the age of five and the clarinet from the age of eleven; in high school he began playing the tenor saxophone. He studied jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston . In 1992 Speed ​​moved to New York City and was a leader or co-leader of various formations, mostly with the drummer Jim Black such as the band Pachora , as well as the ensemble Human Feel ; the band yeah NO ; the trio Iffy .

Furthermore, Speed ​​worked in George Schuller's formation Orange Then Blue , with the artists of the New York avant jazz scene, such as Tim Berne's band Bloodcount ; John Hollenbeck's formation The Claudia Quintet ; Jim Black's band Alasnoaxis ; and the formation The Clarinets . In 1996 he worked with John Zorn in his Bar Kokhba project, in 2000 on Nils Wograms album Odd and Awkward and Franz Koglmann's album Venus in Transit .

Chris Speed participated in the for a Grammy nominated album A Blessing of the Ensemble John Hollenbeck Large with; Speed ​​also played on recordings by Myra Melford ( The Same River, Twice , 1996), Michael Formanek 1996, Jerry Granelli , James Emery 1997, Mark Dresser , Susie Ibarra 1999, Erik Friedlander 1996, Satoko Fujii and several albums by Dave Douglas , as with his much-acclaimed album In Our Lifetime from 1994. In 2006 Speed ​​was involved in the founding of the independent jazz label Skirl Records , which is supposed to document the musical events of the Brooklyn jazz community. Speed ​​played on the first label releases, the album The Clarinets and Curtis Hasselbring's The New Mellow Edwards . The album Endangered Blood was released in 2011 , which he recorded with Jim Black , Oscar Noriega and Trevor Dunn . Work your magic appeared in 2013 with the same cast.

In 2015 he won the Down Beat Critic Polls in the Rising Star category.

Discographic notes

As a leader:

  • 1997 - Yeah No (Songlines)
  • 1999 - Deviantics (Songlines)
  • 2000 - Trio Iffy ( Knitting Factory Records)
  • 2000 - Emit (Songlines)
  • 2004 - Swell Henry (Squealer)
  • 2006 - The Clarinets (Skirl)
  • 2017 - Platinum on Tap (Intakt), with Chris Tordini , Dave King

with Pachora

  • 1997 - Pachora (Knitting Factory Records)
  • 1999 - Unn (Knitting Factory Records)
  • 2000 - Ast (Knitting Factory Records)
  • 2003 - Astereotypical (Winter & Winter)

with human feel

  • 1989 - Human Feel (Human Use)
  • 1992 - Scatter ( GM Recordings )
  • 1994 - Welcome to Malpesta (New World)
  • 1996 - Speak to It (Songlines)
  • 2007 - Galore (Skirl)

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  1. which also Jim Black , Skúli Sverrisson and Brad Shepik belonged
  2. with Andrew D'Angelo , Jim Black and Kurt Rosenwinkel
  3. with Black, Sverrisson and Cuong Vu
  4. with Ben Perowsky and Jamie Saft
  5. ↑ to which Berne, Jim Black, Michael Formanek and occasionally Marc Ducret belonged
  6. with Hollenbeck, Matt Moran , Ted Reichman and Drew Gress
  7. with Black, Sverrisson and Hilmar Jensson
  8. with Oscar Noriega and Anthony Burr