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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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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 / Frank Rosaly: Cyrillic

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Since 2004, the duo of saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Frank Rosaly has committed to exploring the textural, tonal and rhythmic possibilities of spontaneous improvisation, drawing upon a rich legacy of similar pairings for its studio debut, Cyrillic. Chicago scene regulars whose congenial rapport has been honed in The Rempis Percussion Quartet and The Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Quintet, Rempis and Rosaly's studied interplay lends even the most threadbare of skeletal themes a sense of foresight, making this fully improvised session one of the more concise and cohesive dates of its kind.

Fusing streetwise sensibilities to the avant-garde, “Antiphony" ...

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Dave Rempis: Communication, Improvisation and No Screwing Around

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Saxophonist Dave Rempis embodies all of the best qualities of the Chicago improvisational music scene: he's a gifted but disciplined player who knows his instruments inside and out; he's a fearless, imaginative improviser; and he uncomplainingly works his ass off.Although he also plays tenor and baritone saxophones, Rempis is best known as an altoist. Certainly, that's the horn he's on most often in the Vandermark 5, Chicago reedsman Ken Vandermark's flagship group and the band with which Rempis is most famously associated--at least out of town. But Rempis has been playing tirelessly for years, either as leader or ...

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Dave Rempis Quartet: Out of Season

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Saxophonist Dave Rempis blew onto the Windy City free jazz scene in 1999, when he replaced Mars Williams in The Vandermark 5, making his scorching presence known on that band's revered third album, Simpatico (Atavistic). Out of Season is the debut of Rempis's quartet, which includes drummer Tim Daisy (who also plays in the V5, as well as in another Rempis project, Triage), piano/synth wizard and violinist Jim Baker, and bassist Jason Roebke, a student of Roscoe Mitchell. A pristine, studio-quality set, the disc was recorded live at Chicago venue 3030 in October 2003. And it's one of the best ...

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Dave Rempis Quartet: Out Of Season

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What is, and what may have been, define structure. There are four fine musicians here and they get off to a darn good start on the brawny tenor of Dave Rempis. There is depth and there is direction--but along the way, the players pull back and go into a maze they can't work out of. Microcosms seeking body flit in and out and never coalesce into one becoming, recognisable whole. Was that a mere aberration, thoughts in search of a common thread?

That happens briefly on “Part I" of the title track, and after an interlude which glad-hands ...



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