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Platinum on Tap (24bit 96khz)

by CHRIS SPEED TRIO with Dave King, Chris Tordini

supported by thumbnail Chris' tone is precious metal indeed. This is one of the best engineered jazz albums I've ever heard. Utter warmth emanates from all three, Tordini's bass anchroing the splashy King's waters as Speed lentoriously invites us to the elegant dance of mind-space ballrooms and the history of sound. Here's a trio that doesn't forget that melody is the root of their music and makes it all modern. It's the new Great American Interstellar Songbook. Bliss. Favorite track: Arrival High.
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Arrival High 06:51
Buffalo 15 04:31
Pretty Much 04:26
Stardust 05:31
Torking 03:44
Spirits 02:41


Intakt CD 294

This new album by Chris Speed's excellent trio with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini is in many ways Speed's most fully developed and personal work to date. Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, he has become one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene through work that has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music.

With the formation of this trio Speed has reversed course: moving from these outer explorations back into something that is unquestionably jazz. What is most striking about this record is that the early jazz influences are now fully center stage. Instead of being one of a number of competing musical influences, some kind of feeling of the aesthetic of Lester Young is now at the center of everything. At a time when many jazz players are continuing to look further and further outside the tradition, this is a group returning from other explorations to work deep within the jazz tradition, bringing everything else they've learned back in …

The resulting music is joyful and generous and Speed has an uncanny knack for coming up with tunes that can create a whole worlds behind an often catchy melodic surface.
(Anthony Burr, from the liner notes)



released August 18, 2017

Chris Speed: Tenor Saxophone
Chris Tordini: Acoustic Bass
Dave King: Drums

Music by Chris Speed keopolo music BMI except "Spirits" byAlbert Ayler and "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael. Recorded live at Brooklyn Recording on March 3, 2016, by Andy Taub. Assisted by Aurélien Jubault. Mastered March 2017 by Huntley Miller HM Mastering Minneapolis. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Anthony Burr. Photo: Bradley Bambarger. Executive production by Florian Keller. Produced by Chris Speed and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller. Published by Intakt Records.


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