A debut rocket ride of outstanding quality from the Seattle quintet
Hailing from Seattle, the five members of speak have forged their musical approach in the fires of collective improvisation, subversive compositional techniques and the unrepentant wearing of flannel shirts. From the collaborative efforts of pianist Aaron Otheim, saxophonist Andrew Swanson, drummer Chris Icasiano, trumpeter Cuong Vu (of Pat Metheny Group/Cuong Vu Trio fame) and bassist Luke Bergman, this band constantly seeks to challenge the tenets of traditional jazz music. Brimming with distortion-laden trumpet solos, intricate contrapuntal piano playing, haunting bass lines, volatile reeds, and backbreaking drumbeats, it is evident that speak is no ordinary band. Citing such wide-ranging influences as György Ligeti, Meshuggah, Ben Monder and even Toto, speak has crafted a distinct sound that is certainly all their own.
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The Acoustic Jazz Quartet
Deardorf / Peterson Group
Upper Left Trio
Collier & Dean
Deep Blue Organ Trio
Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet
Linda Tsatsanis & John Lenti
Seattle Trumpet Consort
Free Range Saxophone Quartet
Douglas Detrick\'s AnyWhen Ensemble
The Spin Quartet
New York Voices