Chris Speed is a saxophonist and clarinetist who has been a central figure in Brooklyn's creative music scene since the early 90s. In addition to his sideman work with everyone from Tim Berne to Uri Caine and Erik Friedlander, Chris has been leading and co-leading his own projects Pachora, Human Feel, the Clarinets and most recently Endangered Blood. In 2006 Chris started the Skirl label to document the very best of the Brooklyn scene and has since released 22 albums. He's a sweet dude and for this talk we sat down with a couple frosty glasses ofLagunitas IPA and got right into it, discussing his personal history, the music of Chuck Mangione and coming to terms with changing business models in how we release music. As an added bonus, at the end of this episode Chris and I perform a short clarinet duo.