Published since 2004
John first fell under the spell of free jazz in the 1970s when he wistfully regarded the loft jazz scene from across the Atlantic
Dave Rempis/Frank Rosaly
Famoudou Don Moye/Eliel Sherman Storey
Through The Fire
Chris Icasiano/Neil Welch
and saxophonist Dave Rempis possess an understanding forged in the reedman's Rempis Percussion Quartet, which finds full expression over seven jointly extemporized pieces. Rempis is a fluent improviser able to conjure solo statements which take wing with their own internal logic while Rosaly proves a dream partner, adept at timbral coloration but also at propulsive momentum without being necessarily on the beat or even anywhere near it. "Antiphony" makes a forceful opener, casually funky and conversational with Rempis' cries and yowls fuelled by the drummer's sizzling hi-hat shimmer. On "How to Cross When Bridges are Out" Rosaly generates a roiling stasis that inspires the saxophonist's most intense workout, his perky alto spinning off into swooping falsetto ululations. Well-paced, the ruminative impressionism of "Still Will" is followed on "Don't Trade Here" by a sparse dialogue of multiphonics and squealing scrapes like an overheard conversation between two taciturn old friends before the buoyant closer "In Plain Sight," which, in its driving power, evokes Rempis' tenure in the Vandermark 5.
There's something primal about the combination of saxophone and drums, harking back to the earliest sounds of vocal chants and beaten rhythms, which promotes immediacy of response. But reduced to two participants there is also a propensity for interaction which gets right to the heart of matters. These three discs bear testament to that potential for direct communication.
Cyrillic documents yet more of the fertile Chicago scene. Drummer Frank Rosaly
Tracks and Personnel
Tracks: Antiphony; Tainos; Thief of Sleep; How to Cross When Bridges are Out; Still Will; Don't Trade Here; In Plain Sight.
Personnel: Dave Rempis: alto, tenor, baritone saxophones; Frank Rosaly: drums.
Through The Fire
Tracks: Spirit Catchers; To Life Suitea) To Life, b) Transition, c) The Unknown Journey, d) To Everlasting Life; March To The Eastern Sunrise; Simple Solution; Humility In The Light Of The Creator.
Personnel: Famoudou Don Moye: drums, Council drums, bells, gongs and chimes; Eliel Sherman Storey: tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, bells and gongs.
Tracks: Christ Lake; Input/Output; Strange and Beautiful; Pollock; Bad Luck; Cash and Tongue; Nocturnal House; New Metal; Shadows.
Personnel: Chris Icasiano: drums; Neil Welch: tenor, soprano and contrabass saxophones, live loops and pedals.
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