Original Modern Jazz
Saxophonist-clarinetist Chris Speed is one of the most in-demand reedmen in New York. For over 20 years his brilliant tone and imaginative compositions have made him one of the busiest collaborators in the Brooklyn scene.
Speed has appeared on stage and on record with Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, Tim Berne, Myra Melford, John Hollenbeck, Cuong Vu, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many more. Speed is a member of a number of ensembles, including the Claudia Quintet, Human Feel, Orange Then Blue, Bloodcount and several others.
Chris is the co-founder of Skirl Records, an independent record label that is described as “an artist-run collective documenting work by a Brooklyn-centered community of musicians channeling a vast array of ideas and experience into new music.”
Dave King is one of the most celebrated drummers in modern jazz. His contributions to the Minneapolis and New York jazz scenes are incalculable, and his imagination and boundless enthusiasm behind (and around) the drum set are singular and stunning. King can be seen regularly with Happy Apple, The Bad Plus, the Dave King Trucking Company, Halloween Alaska, Buffalo Collision, Gang Font, and others.
Christopher Tordini is a bassist in the New York City music scene, where he performs with established jazz icons as well as a diverse range of emerging musicians. He has toured and recorded with Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory for over 4 years, and has also played and recorded in bands led by other artists such as Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Ari Hoening, Steve Lehman, Jim Black, Andrew D’Angelo, and the Becca Stevens Band. Tordini is also a collaborator in projects led by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey and trombonist/composer Michael Dessen.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Speed is a compelling soloist; he possesses a lovely round tone on the clarinet and his wailing tenor can be powerful at even quiet volumes. He also employs a wide range of extended techniques on both his horns, and is highly imaginative in discovering new textures and timbres to explore.” -All Music