Citing Charlie Parker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Rabih Abou Khalil amongst his major influences, Martin Speake has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz and an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.
A member of the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers in the 80s, he has recorded 18 albums as leader including the internationally acclaimed ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton.
Recently showcased during London Jazz Festival at Cadogan Hall, Charukesi is a newly formed project - a pared-down version of Martin Speake’s previous 7-piece group ‘Fever Pitch’. Charukesi was formed to reflect Martin’s interest in rhythmic music from around the world including Arabic, Indian and Turkish influences. In Martin’s words, “I felt I wanted to play music that is very immediate for audiences and is simple harmonically, groove based and the improvising consists of primarily melodic and rhythmic development rather than based on chord changes.” Featuring Mike de Souza on guitar; Will Glaser on drums and Alyson Cawley on tenor sax and clarinet - all young luminaries in their own right.
Martin Speake Trio
This unusual trio of alto saxophone, guitar (Mike Outram) and drums (Jeff Williams) brings together all of Martin’s musical influences alongside his favourite musical partners. The three musicians are committed to improvising in the moment.
Meditative ballads, trance like grooves, free improvisation, minimalism, jazz standard songs, Arabic influenced music, heavy metal guitar, unaccompanied solos from each player and more are featured in this unique and intimate trio
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Intention is a revival of his musical alliance with one of the most high profile, exciting and innovative American jazz pianists, The Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson who will be touring with Martin along with Fred Thomas (bass) and James Maddren (drums).
Intention, a quartet recording with Ethan Iverson, Fred Thomas and James Maddren, captures the breadth of Speake's musical influences within a selection of originals composed throughout his notable career revisited and reinterpreted alongside these three exceptional musicians.
Martin Speake is a D'Addario Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Select Jazz reeds