Endangered Blood

Endangered Blood (NYC) was formed in 2008 to play at a benefit for a colleague’s cancer treatment - thus their original name, The Benefit Band. Chris Speed and Jim Black's work has included some of the most influential avant-jazz of the last twenty years. Trevor Dunn is known for his legendary avant-rock band Mr. Bungle and for his extensive work with John Zorn, Mike Patton and The Melvins. Multi-reedist Oscar Noriega’s relationship with Speed and Black stretches back over twenty years, he has worked with the great Paul Motian, co-leads Banda de los Muertos and currently works with Tim Berne's Snakeoil. EBlood was recently featured on National Public Radio’s acclaimed Tiny Desk Concerts and have been touring extensively throughout the States and Europe.

“Of all the combos Speed and Black have played in together, Endangered Blood is the one where their contrasting styles flower most fully and fit together most organically” Chicago Reader

“Speed’s originals stand out as his most melodically generous, accessible and warm batch of compositions he’s yet to produce.” Four Stars in Down Beat Magazine

"High-energy, melody-driven themes exploded into all-out jams, hammered home by Jim Blacks aggressive drumming." TimeOut NY

"Endangered Blood. This was some of the tightest, most sophisticated chordless quartet playing I've heard in this festival or otherwise. The writing was hip but not overly complex and emphasized melody in conjunction with harmony instead of vice versa. There were elements of bebop, Mariachi, free jazz and post-bop all seamlessly strung together. Noriega is an alto player I NEED to hear more of, plain and simple." All About Jazz

"Slammin' comprovisation from the accessible side of avant supergroupdom: Speed's warm melodic and harmonic aesthetic flavors the broth, but Black gives it that peppery kick." Metal Jazz

“Endangered Blood delivers a head-rush of aggressive improvising, grounded in Black's controlled-detonation drumming” Seattle Weekly

Some two-reed bands underscore conflict. This new foursome lets its saxophonists, Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega, parallel each other and the depth of their coordination is enviable. Their new Skirl CD finds them addressing corkscrew ditties and dreamy laments, the tandem nature of their blend conjuring images of a bicycle built for two. Fans of post-rock clatter will dig the way the rhythm section puts the pedal to the metal. Village Voice NYC Jim Macnie

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