Yeah NO, the brainchild of saxaphonist Chris Speed, was founded
in 1996, after the improvisations the band made in their early
rehearsals were developed into an unusual book of music. ╩Using
their love of free jazz, modern rock, eastern folk and minimalism
as their pallet they have since created a unique sound that folds
their strong individual improvisational talents into a warm, cohesive
and explosive sound. ╩╩Since their debut record in 1997, they
have thrived in the center of new music in NYC, performing frequently
at the Knitting Factory and Tonic. ╩They have toured the States,
Italy, and recently did a 3 week tour of Europe. ╩After a run
of three records (yeah NO, Deviantics, and Emit)
on the Canadian label Songlines, they have joined with Squealer
for their new record Swell Henry, out now.
Born in Seattle, Chris Speed began playing music at age five
on the piano, adding the clarinet and orchestra rehearsals at
age eleven, and started concentrating on jazz, improvisation and
the tenor sax in high school. In 1987 he moved to Boston where
he studied at the New England Conservatory and co-formed the band
Human Feel. A resident of Brooklyn since 1992, Chris made his
initial contribution to New York City music as a member of Tim
Berne's Bloodcount, and has since contributed extensively to the
downtown music world. Besides Yeah NO, Chris plays in Pachora,
a Balkan Rom influenced band with four recordings (Astereotypical,
Ast, Unn and Pachora), and also in Trio Iffy,
along with keyboardist Jamie Saft (who also appears on Swell
Henry) and drummer Ben Perowsky.
Trumpeter Cuong Vu was born in Vietnam to musical parents and
emigrated to Seattle at age six. He is a graduate of the New England
Conservatory where he studied with master improviser Joe Maneri.
He co-led Saft/Vu (Ragged Jack, Avant), and has been touring and
recording frequently with his trio (featuring Stomu Takeshi) and
most recently with guitarist Pat Metheny.
Born in Reykjavik, electric bassist Skuli Sverrisson graduated
from Berklee College and has appeared on over 30 records with
Icelandic artists, including his group Pax Vobis, and Mo Boma.
Aside from his ongoing collaborations with Laurie Anderson and
Pachora, he also has two new recordings, Napoli 23 (Smekkleysa)
and Eftir Pogn ("mi jazz). His solo record Sermonie (Extreme),
features tape compositions "taking audio snapshots of the interior
architecture of sound," joining electronics and extended techniques
for the electric bass.
Percussionist Jim Black grew up in Seattle, moved to Boston in
1985 to attend Berklee, and has lived in Brooklyn since 1991.
A founding member of Pachora and Human Feel, he also has toured
and recorded with Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Douglas's Tiny
Bell Trio, Ellery Eskelin, Uri Caine's Mahler and Bach Projects,
and his own band Alas No Axis. The latest cd Habyor will be out
in June on Winter & Winter Recordings.
Born in Aroostook County, Maine, recent addition Ted Reichman
is best known as accordion player for Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot
and Paul Simon. Ted was also the founder of the new music series
at Tonic, NYC. He recently finished his first album of original
music for Tzadik records (playing guitar, electronics, keyboards,
percussion and zither in addition to accordion) and composed and
performed the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Rick."
Swell Henry CD (Squealer 040) 2004
With the Songs:
1. She Has Four Thorns , 5:04.
2. Last Beginning , 4:37.
3. Born in the Air, 5:03.
4. Camper Giorno, 5:22.
5. Cloud Stopper, 3:43.
6. Flanked, 1:49.
7. He Has a Pair of Dice, 3:44.
8. Dead Water 4:03.
9. Staircase Genius, 3:05.
10. Kip Files, 2:01.
Chris Speed-Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Casio
+ Rob Burger-Accordion (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9)
Jamie Saft-Mellotron (Tracks 3, 4), Wurlitzer (Track 6), Speak
& Spell (Track 10)
Hilmar Jensson-Guitar (Track 9)Ishida Yoko : peacock harp,chorus,cheese
Recorded and mixed by Jamie Saft at Frank Booth, Brooklyn,
Except (5) recorded and mixed by Skuli, Speed ad (10) by Skuli,
Mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose, Williamsburg, Brooklyn,
Oct. 27, 2003.
All songs by Chris Speed, published by Keopolo Music (BMI),
by Skuli Sverisson, published by Stef, and (10) by Skuli/Speed,
published by Keopolo Music (BMI)/Stef.
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