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
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