Dave Rempis Quartet: Out of Season (2004)
There are two words that best sum up this music: restraint and communication. Throughout the hour-long session, Rempis and group, despite their frequent tsunamis of improvisation, are never in a hurry to end the journey, never overly eager to cram in everything they have to say before the night is over. Even in the freest of jazz, self-control is a keyand too often forgottenvirtue. To this band, taste and control are everything. These guys know how to listen, both to their instruments and each other. How to let the music build and build in a slow boil, allowing the empty space to flood the room, the formidable silence to take overbefore Rempis's throttled yelps hit their limit and the whole thing explodes again.
The ability to communicate is a skill these players have learned well from their Chicago mentors: Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, even Ken Vandermark. And, given that they have also played together in previous aggregations, it's no surprise that the level of telepathy is so high. What's truly mind-blowing, however, is that most of these musicians, who look to be in their late 20s to early 30s, all play with the skill and intelligence of many of their seniors. Great teachers or great students? Both, we'd say.
Out of Season is a thoroughly rewarding debut by an outfit that all lovers of modern improvised music should watch. And not at all bad for one whose leader cites the Muppets' saxophonist as his original inspiration.
Track Listing: 1- Out of Season: Part I (Rempis/Baker/Roebke/Daisy) 16:44 / 2- Interlude (Rempis/Baker/Roebke/Daisy) 1:23 / 3- Part II (Rempis/Baker/Roebke/Daisy) 9:06 4- Part III (Rempis/Baker/Roebke/Daisy) 8:39 / 5- Scuffle: Part I (Rempis/Baker/Roebke/Daisy) 4:08 / 6- Part II (Rempis/Baker/Roebke/Daisy) 12:36 / 7- Never at a Loss (Rempis/Baker/Roebke/Daisy) 8:07.
Personnel: Dave Rempis - alto and tenor saxophones / Jim Baker - piano, analog synthesizer, violin / Jason Roebke - bass / Tim Daisy - drums.
Record Label: 482 Music
Style: Modern Jazz