alittleodd – chris speed transcription

Here is a transcription I did a few years ago, of Chris Speed playing with Trio Iffy. It’s one of my favourite ever clarinet solos – a great example of the clarinet working well in a contemporary jazz context. There are too many examples of the clarinet sounding really lame in a modern jazz context – too classical, too light, and with not enough attitude – but Speed is one of the few who really knows how to make it sound good.

You should also check him out playing with Tim Berne’s Bloodcount, for how he uses it in a free context, or on some of Uri Caine’s records. I really love his record Platinum On Tap – saxophone only, but he has such a unique voice on the instrument, and the whole record is amazing