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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Montreal Parade

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Since joining the Vandermark 5 in 1999, saxophonist Dave Rempis has maintained a high profile in the fertile Chicago scene. In addition to his role as a presenter and organizer of numerous music festivals, he can be heard as leader, co-leader and collaborator in more than a half dozen different projects in the Windy City, with The Rempis Percussion Quartet being one of his most consistently engaging and adventurous. The ensemble's personnel have remained unchanged since its inception in 2004. Dedicated to unstructured improvisation, Rempis replaced longstanding bassist Anton Hatwich in the spring of 2009 with Norwegian-born Ingebrigt ...

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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Montreal Parade

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Descriptive misdirection seems to be an important element in some sectors of the jazz world today. A group called The Nels Cline Singers puts out records where nary a vocalist can be found, and The Rempis Percussion Quartet is two members shy of being a full-fledged percussion outfit. While Cline's band uses a moniker that lacks complete truthfulness, saxophonist Dave Rempis doesn't lie. It's true that only two of the four members of his group wear the percussion tag, but those two men are at the heart of this music. Drummers Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly create the eight limbed, ...

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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Hunter-Gatherers

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Recorded live on tour at the Hunter-Gatherer club in Columbia, South Carolina, this double CD is the third release from saxophonist Dave Rempis' The Rempis Percussion Quartet, and a logical progression for what has been called one of the best live bands in Chicago.

Rempis' most high profile gig is providing the improvisational firepower to the frontline of the Vandermark 5, but his saxophones are increasingly featured in a range of bands on the fertile Chicago scene. The Percussion Quartet reunites him with Vandermark 5 drummer, Tim Daisy, Frank Rosaly, also behind the trapset, and Anton Hatwich on ...

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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Hunter-Gatherers

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As this group has had the opportunity to come of age on record it's become clear that it mines a seam of musical territory similar to that once worked by the trio British alto saxophonist Mike Osborne had with bassist Harry Miller and drummer Louis Moholo back in the 1970s. They owe it no overt debt of allegiance, however, it's simply the case that both groups occupy a similar free space.

That's clear from the off on this two-disc set. On “A Night At The Ranch Part One" Dave Rempis is at his most effective on alto sax, spinning out ...

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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Rip Tear Crunch

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The first striking thing about this music is the sense of space which just could have been the last outcome from a quartet lineup that includes two drummers. As it turns out, this music has a suppleness and flexibility that bodes well for the future of the group, as well as for any listener who gets pleasure from hearing a working band evolve on record.

Dave Rempis's alto sax has something of the work of Marion Brown about it, and during times when some influences seem all-pervasive while others seem at best negligible, it's nice to get the impression that ...

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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Rip Tear Crunch

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With a higher profile courtesy of his membership in the Vandermark 5, saxophonist Dave Rempis has grown beyond sideman status and into a capable leader in his own right. This studio followup to his limited edition live recording Circular Logic, once again features Rempis' “percussion quartet." A smoldering session encompassing sound worlds beyond the throttling workouts one would expect from the album's title, Rip Tear Crunch contains subtle shadings and moments of introspective calm.

Bassist Anton Hatwich occupies the virtual eye of the storm, providing the melodic and rhythmic foundation for Rempis to spiral off from, floating over ...

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The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Circular Logic

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Dave Rempis is best known as the other saxophonist in the Vandermark 5, a ferocious virtuoso improviser who's at home in every style of music you can name. With Circular Logic, one of the most exciting albums of the year, Rempis steps up to lead a free bop band with two rampaging drummers.

The music on Circular Logic consists of two long completely improvised performances, both recorded live. On “1.2," which runs for over half an hour, Rempis plays well on alto, baritone, and tenor saxophones, while on “2.1," he concentrates on baritone. “1.2" cavorts through several spontaneous ...



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