more drummers... and a pianist.

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here are three new records by... you guessed it, drummers. and a pianist.

 Vinnie Sperrazza Juxtaposition

Vinnie Sperrazza Juxtaposition

 Craig Taborn Daylight Ghosts

Craig Taborn
Daylight Ghosts

 Dejan Terzic  Prometheus

Dejan Terzic
Prometheus

The Village Vanguard NYC

Posted on by Chris Speed

Speed trio plays Zorn at the VV Sunday Aug 14th, 3pm, matinee set. Dave King will be playing drums (he's at the Blue Note all week) and Chris Tordini will be on acoustic bass. It's our one show this summer, so come out!

drummers.. whatever..

Posted on by Chris Speed

here are three new records by... you guessed it. drummers.

 Dave King Trucking Company Surrounded By Night

Dave King Trucking Company Surrounded By Night

 John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet Super Petite

John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet Super Petite

 Peter Lenz Lithium 

Peter Lenz Lithium 

Simone's cellphone

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All of Me from Florence during out tour last March 2015, courtesy of the cell phone camera of Simone Graziano, thanks also to Costanza and Pinnochio Jazz club!

 

 

 

folk music

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PACHORA came together In 1992 when Jim Black, Brad Shepik and I started working on a bunch of tunes from Bulgaria and Greece. With the addition of Skuli Sverrisson we developed original music working the odd time signatures and melodies of Balkan music with jazz and improvisation and stayed busy in NYC playing the Knitting Factory, etc.
I was initially introduced to Eastern European folk music in George Schuller’s band Orange then Blue, bandmate Matt Darriau was very generous with his world music expertise and record collection; I was captivated by the beauty of the Bulgarian Women’s Choir and dove into traditional music of the Balkans with the same passion I had for jazz. The music revived my interest in the clarinet, connected with me melodically and blew my mind with regards to meter.  Unravelling out the various rhythms like the 11/8 rhythm in Boris Karlov’s Gankino Oro has had a profound effect on how I approach melody within meter. All this to say PACHORA is playing August 16th in Iceland at the Reykjavik Jazz Fest. You can hear us here - youtube.


the stone, ave c and 2nd st nyc

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well, it happened, a week in NYC at the same venue! thanks to John Zorn for his generosity in creating a space for musicians to have a focused place to play that actually works economically for all! thanks to all the staff that make playing at The Stone a great experience, including Rob Price Bruce Gallanter, Ian Smith, Kevin Reilly Don DeTora and Joe Merolla! and of course thanks to Chris Tordini, Dave King, Jonathan Finlayson, Jim Black, Mary Halvorson, Brad Shepik, Oscar Noriega, Michael Formanek, Andrew D'Angelo, Anthony Burr,  Mat Maneri and Zeno De Rossi for their extraordinary musicianship! Thanks to Zeno, King and Burr who all flew in from out of town (for a door gig), and special support thanks goes to the incredible Chris Tordini for a whopping 6 sets that included learning the yeah No and Pachora books! and to everyone who came out, without your ears and hearts our work would be meaningless…  if you missed the week and would like to hear some new music that was performed, go to skirl records. 

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the stone, ave c and 2nd st nyc

Posted on by Chris Speed

is where I'll be in residency starting Tuesday March 11 ending Sunday the 16th, and as it is to be a retrospective of sorts, I've included some bands of mine that haven't played much recently, with lovely guests subbing for bandmates that couldn't travel across the Atlantic to make it. I'm extremely grateful to John Zorn for the opportunity to perform in NYC 6 nights straight! March 11th and 12th, 8/10pm trio with Chris Tordini and Dave King, which is a record release for our new recording "Really OK" - March 13 8pm Human Feel 10pm yeah NO, March 14th 8pm the Clarinets (and a belated record release for "Keep On Going Like This") and Pachora at 10pm; March 15th Endangered Blood both sets and Sunday the 16th 8pm will be a record release for Skirl 025; with Zeno de Rossi and one of our favorite improvisers ever, Mat Maneri, joining us at 10pm. Cheers

 photo credit - bradley bambarger

photo credit - bradley bambarger


human feel

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just reunited for the 3rd.. uh..4th? time and while working on our new material we enjoyed very much this and hopefully you will be able to hear the influence on the new F###$% awesome record we just made! We would like to thank the lovely people at The Loove in Williamsburg for a wonderful weekend of community, friendship and music making. stay tuned for the results and also we will be performing again sometime in June!
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speed news

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Hey Seattle, Speed trio with Dave King and Chris Tordini is playing the Earshot Festival Oct 13th Sunday night at the Cornish Hall on Capitol Hill. We will definitely hit cafe Vita. Or Vivace. Or whatever Italian labeled espresso Seattle has to offer. We are working on the recording (and titles), should be out by the end of the year! We recorded 26-2! and a gentlemen's tempo All Of Me, get ready!
About to embark on some Claudia quintet work, John just released our 6th(?) recording, seasonal appropriately titled 'September'.
Michael Formanek is presenting his big band music Thursday Sep 26th at Shapeshifter with many esteemed colleagues. If you live in NYC may I suggest attending...
Just performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Mr. Craig Taborn new ensemble with King and Chris Lightcap. 

 

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midnight lilacs

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Midnight Lilacs is available on vinyl, 300 print run released on Tannen Records w Zeno DeRossi (drums, modeling below), Danilo Gallo (bass) and features the amazing Marc Ribot.

 

 

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speed trio

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Chris Speed, Chris Tordini, Dave King will be in residence this Thursday-Saturday
Aug 1-3 at the Cornelia St Cafe, in NYC; and August 9th and 10th at the Dakota in Minneapolis!
 
This trio also performing October 13th in Seattle at the Cornish School, part of the Earshot Festival. We will not be covering Joe Henderson. Though we love and respect Joe Henderson very much.

This trio will also be touring Europe late May 2014, contact gluch @ vtxmail.ch for booking info.

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