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Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs: Spectral

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"Invisible Architecture" is a self-coined concept that characterizes the raison d'être of this experienced, free improvisational trio. The three first met first in the fall of 2011, when alto sax player Dave Rempis journeyed from his home in Chicago to the West Coast, to collaborate with like-minded compatriots from the Bay Area scene. Trumpeter Darren Johnston, a frequent visitor to Chicago and collaborator of Rempis, suggested that the two join with saxophonist Larry Ochs, of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, to perform as a trio at Oakland's Uptown Nightclub. Each musician felt an immediate rapport from the ...

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Dave Rempis / Lasse Marhaug: Naancore

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Naancore adds another chapter to the Chicago-Oslo musical axis. This limited edition LP (offered also as a digital download) brings together one of the most original Norwegian musicians, noise master Lasse Marhaug with one of Chicago's most active saxophonists Dave Rempis. The two like-minded, fearless musicians collaborated before in Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, when Marhaug guested in a performance of Remis' Ballister trio in Philadelphia and in a live set of an ad- hoc quintet that featured Dutch vocal artist Jaap Blonk in Oslo's BlowOut festival. Marhaug collaborated before with improvisers--mainly with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, as ...

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Rempis - Johnston - Ochs: Spectral

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For this nascent record label's sixth offering, Chicago-based saxophonist Dave Rempis unites with West Coast modernists, saxophonist Larry Ochs (The Rova Saxophone Quartet) and trumpeter Darren Johnston who has been all over the jazz map these days. Here, the trio hunkers down and prepares for battle via cyclonic three-way flurries, dappled with polytonal hues and expansive horizons, occasionally throttled with subversive dialogues and a few tetchy conversations. Moreover, the press notes intimate the group's initial comfort zone, but their ensuing developments occurred in unexpected ways, which is a proposition that spawned innate compositional awareness, abstractly framed by the improvisational quotient. ...

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Dave Rempis / Lasse Marhaug: Naancore

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When you've been through the desert on a horse with no name, as the 1971 song by the band America goes, it feels good to be out of the rain. Indeed, music crafted outside of genres and categories often evokes that horse with no name. This duo by Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis and Oslo electronics/noise artist Lasse Marhaug reminds you that words can barely scrape the surface of this improvised noise. Unlike the “Horse With No Name," there is someone here to give you some pain.Recorded in 2012 at Marhaug's studio and released in a 300 limited edition ...

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Dave Rempis/Joshue Abrams/Avreeayl Ra: Aphelion

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The blossoming of an artist is a beautiful thing. In order for a musician to thrive in today's jazz world, he must be willing to operate in multiple lineups, go on book tours, organize other musicians' shows, and record and promote his own music. A tall task, but saxophonist Dave Rempis has made the jump from sideman to entrepreneur with applause. The trio recording Aphelion and duo Second Spring are the third and fourth releases on his artist-run Aerophonic label. Following the searing Percussion Quartet double live record Phalanx (2012) and the chamber jazz trio Wheelhouse Boss Of ...

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The Rempis / Daisy Duo: Second Spring

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Second Spring is one of two concurrent releases for Chicago reedman Dave Rempis' young Aerophonics Records label. The other outing Aphelion, features the artist's regular working trio. Here, Rempis aligns with longtime kindred spirit, drummer Tim Daisy for a rather aggressive, high-impact duo framework. At times Daisy's busy and highly active drumming patterns could easily be mistaken for two drummers laying out the grooves in simultaneous fashion. Therefore, the duo sports a large, hustling and bustling soundstage, where they push and prod each other while also switching gears along the way. The duo is largely on fire throughout. ...

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Wheelhouse: Boss Of The Plains

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Listening to the improvising trio Wheelhouse, one might get the distinct sensation of being inside of a dream.One of two inaugural releases for saxophonist Dave Rempis' Aerophonic Records label, Boss Of The Plains, documents the evolution of Rempis, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, and bassist Nate McBride}}'s collaborative trio. This band, which was formed in 2005 to present each player's compositions, gradually morphed into this wholly improvisatory chamber jazz format.Rempis first came to national attention as Ken Vandermark's first lieutenant in the Vandermak 5. His burly sound powered fourteen releases before the V5 was dismantled. He does continue ...



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