Chris Speed - clarinet
Brad Shepik - saz, guitar
Chris Tordini - bass
Jim Black - drums
A rare performance from the band that paid it's dues back when the Knitting Factory was cutting edge, a legendary all-star ensemble inspired by the music of Eastern Europe.
"A young star, who has certainly risen, saxophonist Chris Speed is a tour-de-force who displays poise, enthusiasm, versatility and possesses gifted technical expertise. On “Unn”, Speed is a whirling dervish with clarinet in hand as he directs the overall melodic structures and plays traffic cop; although, the amazing bassist Skuli Sverrisson defies all odds and contributes mightily as he frequently matches Speed’s motifs and phrasing with impossible note for note unison runs. Guitarist Brad Shepik, leader of his fine band “The Commuters” along with Jim Black, one of jazz’ most prolific drummers round out this uniquely identifiable band called Pachora.” — Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
Chris Speed — composer, clarinetist and saxophonist — is “one of the principal figures in a dynamic left-of-center jazz/improv scene in the city” (NYTimes). His own bands include Endangered Blood, Human Feel, yeah NO, Trio Iffy, Pachora and The Clarinets. He is a founding member of Jim Black’s Alas No Axis and John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet. He works with Uri Caine, Craig Taborn's Heroic Frenzies, Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus, Dave King's Trucking Co., Matt Mitchell Quartet, Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue, Banda de los Muertos, as well as touring his latest project, Endangered Blood (with Black, Trevor Dunn and Oscar Noriega) which was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts in 2012.