The reed skills of DaveRempis are fast approaching the stuff of legend – and while he's a hell of a collaborator, really great in many settings, he sounds maybe even more amazing here on his own – in a set of solo performances on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The tracks were recorded over a few different live dates in early 2017, but they've got a really unified feel in Dave's maturing understanding of his horns – able to be completely bracing at one moment, then shift into subtle textures that respect the space of freedom by creating new tonal territory. The moods and moments can differ greatly, and create a strong sense of surprise throughout – on titles that include readings of "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing" and "Serene" – plus the originals "Horse Court", "Linger Longer", "If You Get Lost In Santa Paula", and "Loose Snus". CD
DaveRempis/Josh Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker —
Perihelion ... CD Aerophonic, 2016. New Copy 2 CDs ...
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Two different sets from this sharp Chicago trio – both in a wide-open style that allows for plenty of organic sound shaping and improvisation! CD1 features "Enceladus" – a 43 minute live set by the trio, which begins with sublime bass notes from Josh Abrams, whose embrace of his instrument – both spiritually and literally – can be felt in the way that he presents the music, with these soulful, human elements that seem to bring out one of the most personal performances we've ever heard from DaveRempis on alto and tenor! Ra's drums are great, too – and he also plays a bit of wooden flute. CD2 features the addition of Jim Baker's keyboards and electronics – which create a bit more sonic intensity, and a bolder performance overall from the group – on the titles "Cassini Division" and "Pan & Daphnis". CD
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Rempis Percussion Quartet —
Cochonnerie ... CD Aerophonic, 2017. New Copy ...
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The quartet's not all percussion – just drummers Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly, but both turning out work on the kit that could rival an army of percussionists – working alongside sublime bass plotting from Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, and a range of sharp-edged sounds from leader DaveRempis – who blows alto, tenor, and baritone equally well! The album's far more than the usual improv outing – possibly because the drums do hold onto a core of the sound – while still allowing Rempis those fantastically-shaped lines that we've come to admire more and more over the years, played with increasing sonic sensitivity that almost puts him in the territory of Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson. Flaten's always a welcome talent – and his contributions here are more subtle than the drums, but crucial to the soul of the record – which contains three long tracks, titled "Straggler", "Green & Black", and "Enzymes". CD
There's a very cool trio in the wheelhouse for this sweet little set – a combo that features alto and baritone sax from DaveRempis, bass from Nate McBride, and vibes from the always-incredible Jason Adasiewicz! The players come together with a sound that's completely sublime – almost even more airy and hanging in space than any other effort – partly because of the lack of drums, partly because of the group's clear fascination with sound textures on the record – an approach that has the tones of the various players resonating strongly together, often with melodic undercurrents that really bring a sense of soul to their relatively free musicianship! A tremendous effort from the Chicago scene – with titles that include "Song Sex", "Song Heaven", "Song Fife", "Song Juan", "Song For Teens", and "Song Hate". CD
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SLAG ... CD Aerophonic, 2017. New Copy ...
Not the kind of album you'd expect from a junk-like term of "slag" – as the trio here are fantastically sharp, and play with a sense of urgency that maybe makes the whole thing one of the boldest statements from any of the three musicians in years! DaveRempis is brilliant on both alto and tenor – as powerful as before, but also maybe finding even more soul in his horn as the years go by, and setting a tone that has Fred Lonberg-Holm working his cello with equal range too! Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is nicely balanced – sometimes working with just the right sort of subtle energy to allow Rempis to really take the lead, other times hitting that full-on mode that you might know from earlier records – and the album features three long tracks – "Fauchard", "Guisarme", and "Glaive". CD
Proof that the genius of Ken Vandermark knows no bounds – a 12 CD box set of work that continues to delight throughout! The set documents the full 5 night stay of the Vandermark Five at the Alchemia nightclub in Cracow, Poland in 2004 – a week that must certainly go down in the history of Polish jazz, if only for the quality of work on this set! We'll be honest in saying that we were initially very suspicious of the package – because let's face it, 12 CDs of work from the same time by anyone might be a bit much. But we also had faith in the project as well – because we've seen Vandermark live many times over the years, and know that his ability for continuously creative expression is far greater than most players – not only those of his generation, but countless others than have inspired him from earlier years as well. There's a mode here that's free-thinking, yet tightly directed – almost like Sonny Rollins at his most modern live modes, but inflected with an understanding of Albert Ayler, Roland Kirk, and Ornette Coleman – as well as the even more important lesser-known reed expressionists from whom Vandermark has always drawn inspiration. The group's the always-solid Vandermark Five – with Kent Kessler on bass, Tim Daisy on drums, Jeb Bishop on trombone, and DaveRempis on additional saxophones – and the recording quality of the set is quite strong as well – just enough "room" to recreate the live feel of the set, but nicely controlled recording of additional space and sounds to maintain the power of a studio CD. The package is limited and numbered – and packaged in a really unique way! Each cover has a different image, too! CD
Brilliant new work by the Vandermark 5 – Chicago's groundbreaking avant jazz ensemble headed by Ken Vandermark, and featuring Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass, Tim Mulvenna on drums, and DaveRempis on alto and tenor. The group's got a poise and a brilliance that recalls the best "new thing" ensembles of the mid 60s – like some of the classic Blue Note work by groups led by Grachan Moncur, Tony Williams, or Jackie McLean – touched with the wide range of inspirations that Vandermark always brings to his increasingly complex playing. Titles include "HBF", in versions 1 through 5, plus "License Complete", "Coast To Coast", "Wind Out", "Fall To Grace", and "Auto Topography". CD