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 New York saxophonist taps into the tradition with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini.
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On his terrific new album North Hero, bassist Chris Morrissey keeps the borders between his jazz and indie rock work open.
The Bad Plus These Are the Vistas (Columbia) The theory behind Herbie Hancock’s 1996 album The New Standard was sound: contemporary pop-rock songs can facilitate jazz improvisation in much the same way as older standards like “Night and Day” and “Body and Soul,” even if their harmonic makeup provides less to work with. But in […]