Chris Speed brings a trio to the Jazz Festival that lets the avant-garde reedist tread the ground of the old masters without losing himself.
I’ve been a huge fan of reedist Chris Speed for decades. He’s an improviser who’s adroitly experimented with various strains of jazz hybridization over his long career, whether transplanting rhythmic ideas from electronica into his avant-garde quartet Yeah No, toying with the music of Balkans in his fusion-heavy ensemble Pachora, or creating new chamber music […]
Reedist Chris Speed partners with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini on the recent Platinum on Tap, the most thoughtful, beautiful, and straightforward album of his career.
The musician recently started his assistant professorship at Wesleyan University, filling the chair previously occupied by Anthony Braxton.
This year’s best jazz records include a large-ensemble concept album about conspiracy theories, a tug-of-war between loops and live-band grooves, and an amazing hybrid of jazz and hip-hop.
Drummer Tyshawn Sorey—who’s also one of jazz’s most promising composers—plays tonight at Constellation with pianist Vijay Iyer.
On the terrific new NYC Five, saxophonist Angelika Niescier and German pianist Florian Weber team up with three strong players from the Big Apple.
The New York saxophonist taps into the tradition with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini.