June 1 - In the middle west with Dave King's Trucking Band, pushing our recent release Adopted Highway, available also on LP format:-) Last week travelled to my old stomping grounds in Boston to record with maestro Mat Maneri, Tanya Kalmanovitch and Oscar Noriega at Jordan Hall (NEC), one of the most beautiful sounding halls ever, especially for clarinets and violas. Didn't appreciate it as a student, though to be fair it isn't known for being a great room for loud bands with drums. Scar and I met with Doctor Emilio Lyons for some saxophone care, Ted cleaned off his grill and cooked up some delicious swordfish, and Leo performed an amazing house concert for us of family originals. 24 years ago when Scar was a sweet young jazzer (think Jackie McLean) from Tucson, we were roommates in Matt Darriau's previous apartment near Harvard Square. To practice we would steal into the Longy Music school across the street and played sessions at Wally's in Dorchester and the 'Happy House' (home of Jeff Parker, Sara Smith, + ) near Davis Square. Most of that time is a haze, but 2 stolen bikes, a tour with the Artie Shaw band a grim glimpse of my future there, and that was it for Boston. OK, other May travels, EBlood was in Hamburg D with special guest bass ace Robert Landfermann for the Echo Jazz Festival. And just recorded Devin Grey's music conceptions for people named Kris out at Tedesco's in N.J. with Kris Davis and Chris Tordini, and last but not least the long awaited recording of Red Cred (Ben Perowsky and John Medeski) has finally been tracked up in Woodstock, will keep you posted!
Digital Chris Speed Trio "Really OK" and Duo with Zeno De Rossi "Ruins" now available!