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Chris Speed

Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Chris Speed

Chris Speed is a composer, clarinetist and saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. His bands include Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy , Pachora and The Clarinets. He is a member of Jim Black’s Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet.

Speed was born in Seattle in 1967 and graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1990. In 1992 he moved to NYC where he joined Tim Berne’s Bloodcount. Throughout the nineties Speed worked with many pioneering bands in the creative new music/downtown scene including the Dave Douglas Sextet, Myra Melford’s Same River Twice, Erik Freidlander’s Chimera, John Zorn’s Bar Kokhba and Mark Dresser’s trio with Anthony Coleman. During this time he also began pursuing his interest in East European folk music, forming Pachora in 1992, and traveling throughout Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Macedonia. Speed is considered one of the leading NYC musicians linking jazz and creative improvisation with Eastern European and Middle Eastern folk music. Currently, he works with Uri Caine’s Bach, Mahler, and Mozart projects, as well as Ben Perowsky’s quartet....
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  • Really OK

    Skirl Records
    2014
  • Endangered Blood

    Skirl Records
    2011
  • Jugendstil

    ESP Disk
    2008
  • Swell Henry

    Squealer
    2004
  • Emit


    2000
  • Deviantics


    1999
  • Yeah No


    1997

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Really OK by Glenn Astarita

Endangered Blood by Mark Corroto

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Three with Chris Speed/Skirl Records: Big Choantza; Smell The Difference;...

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Jugendstil by Jerry D'Souza

Jugendstil by Raul d'Gama Rose

Multiple Reviews

Chris Speed: Playing For The Team

Live From Philadelphia

Skirl Records Visits Philadelphia

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