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Dickens, Deric: Speed Date (Deric Dickens)

Drummer Deric Dickens wrote the melodies and concepts for these duos in an Ornette/Cherry mode, recording with fellow New York musicians including Kirk Knuffke, Ben Cohen, Jon Crowley, Jef Lederer, Matt Wilson, and Jeremy Udden.

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Limited edition of 500 hand numbered copies.

UPC: 616892180562

Label: Deric Dickens
Catalog ID: dickens
Squidco Product Code: 15193

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Over-sized cardstock foldover inside a Mylar plastic bag
Recorded at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY on April 7th and 8th, 2011 by John Davis.


Ben Cohen-tenor saxophone

Jon Crowley-trumpet

Deric Dickens-drums, percussion

Kirk Knuffke-coronet

Jeff Lederer-tenor saxophone

Jeremy Udden-alto saxophone, C melody saxophone

Matt Wilson-drums, wooden flute, Makers Mark Bottle

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"Cornetist and Composer Kirk Knuffke is the winner of Downbeat Magazine's "Rising Star"critics poll for 2015. A recipient of the Jerome Foundation composers grant, Kirk has released 15 recordings as a leader or co-leader. "One of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing", he has "full command of his most demanding instrument" - All About Jazz. Kirk placed in the top five in the World in the El Intruso critics poll and was one of 6 nominees for Trumpeter of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association.

Matt Wilson, Allison Miller, Butch Morris, Uri Caine, Michael Formanek, and many more have hired him as a sideman for over 60 recordings, he has been called "One of New York City's busiest musicians" - New York Times.

Knuffke has been based in NYC since 2005. Shortly after his arrival Knuffke began playing with Butch Morris, this friendship resulted in 4 recordings and several European tours. Kirk joined the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet in 2009, recording "Gathering Call" (Palmetto) featuring John Medeski and touring each year. 2016 brought Matt Wilson's "Beginning of a memory" Palmetto, which received 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Michael Formaneks "The Distance" ECM was also awarded 5 stars this year. Knuffke also plays in "Sifter" with Mary Halvorson and Wilson, Ideal Bread, Allison Miller's "Boom Tic Boom", Todd Sickafoose's "Tiny Resistors" and groups led by Ray Anderson, Uri Caine, Mark Helias, Bill Goodwin, Karl Berger and Ted Brown to name a few. "Arm and Hands" a recent release garnering praise from every major Jazz publication as 4 Stars in Downbeat magazine review and Sunday New York Times. The Following CDs "Little Cross" Steeplechase records and "Lamplighter" Fresh Sound Records have also received much praise. Kirk Has had feature articles in Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Times, Germany's "Sonic", and Denmark's "JazzSpecial" among others."

-Kirk Knuffke Website (

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"Jeff Lederer is a New York based saxophonist-clarinetist/composer/educator whose work crosses the genres of jazz, latin and creative improvised music. In 2014 he has been named in both the critics and Readers Polls of Downbeat Magazine recognizing his work on tenor and alto saxophones and clarinet. He has worked for many years in the Matt Wilson Quartet and the grammy nominated ensembles of Bobby Sanabria and Salsa trombonist Jimmy Bosch. He has recorded for Gunther Schuller's GM Recordings, CIMP Records, Palmetto Records and his own Little (i) Music label. His quartet "Sunwatcher" made it's debut in 2011 on the Jazzheads label featuring Buster Williams on bass, Jamie Saft on piano and Matt Wilson, drums. His longstanding ensemble "Shaker n' Bakers" performs modern jazz interpretations of the Vision songs of the Shaker religious sect and has released two recordings of Shaker music and performed at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles.

Jeff's cross-stylistic composition/arranging projects include "Los Sazones", a salsa reimaginng of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" which was commissioned by the Ravinia Festival for the Chicago Symphony and has been performed by many major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

New projects for 2014 include a new recording and tours with the Honey Ear Trio with drummer Allison Miller and bassist Rene Hart and the debut of his new ensemble, "The Brooklyn Blow-Hards"- a brass band that plays sea shanties and Albert Ayler compositions.

Jeff has performed at numerous major jazz festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival , Monterey Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Moldes Jazz, Guimaraes Festival (Portugal), Tiempo Latino (France) and many, many others. In 2013 Jeff performed a duo concert with drummer Allison Miller at the mainspace of the San Francisco Jazz Center. In 2010 he was invited as a special guest to perform spontaneous improvisations with the pianist Shahin Novrasli at the Baku Jazz Festival in Azerbaijan.

As an educator, Jeff has worked with Jazz At Lincoln Center where he was featured in the 2010 Jazz for Young People Concert "What is Free Jazz?". He has taught workshops and residencies in jazz and saxophone at the University of Miami, New England Conservatory, Dartmouth College, SUNY Binghamton, University of Northern Iowa and many other leading jazz departments. In 2009 he performed as a guest soloist with the Ellington competition winning Roosevelt High School Band (Seattle). Lederer also works as a music curriculum consultant and is the author of the Childrens' Orchestral Repetoire Project (Ch.O.R.D.). Jeff was co-producer of the recording "We-Bop - A Family Jazz Party" for the Jazz at Lincoln Center organization."

-Jeff Lederer Website (

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track listing:

1. Roy At The Store 3:51

2. Termites 1:42

3. Original Self 4:32

4. OH Snap! 1:26

5. Is That So 3:19

6. Knowing The Unknown 4:03

7. Duck Dance 2:52

8. Biznatch 3:27

9. Swing It Sista 7:32

10. Hold On Barney 1:28

11. Hum 3:35

12. Speed Date 1:25

13. My Beard Only Grows Red 4:11

14. Carrying The Past 1:25

15. Operating 2:10

16. 4 On The Floor 3:39

17. Just Saying 1:23

18. I Don't Speak Caveman 1:24

19. Inside Story 1:24

20. Search For The Cobra 4:02
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"After a year and a half in NY, I wanted to record an album with some of my friends that lived in the city. At this point I had started writing short melodies like the Ornette and Cherry tunes I had been listening to. I thought it would be nice to include some of these along with some tunes from my fellow musicians on the album.

I wanted this album to have composed and free tunes but also with "some" limitations. NO tunes over 10 minutes. And very short melodies. The short tunes became a collection based on a conversation with Matt Wilson, where the use of a stop watch was used for a benefit concert (thanks Adam Schatz!). Numbers 4, 21, 14, 17, 18 and 19 is this collection. Idea: Each duo started playing and stopped when the timer zeroed (1:14min total). You can hear the computer alarm used on track 12, an accident, followed with a great laugh from Jeff Lederer."-Deric Dickens, from the liner notes

Limited edition of 500 hand numbered copies.
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