The patrons for this live date must have been sitting on the edge of their seats throughout this exhilarating performance captured at a Chicago venue. With eminent proponents of the Chicago free-jazz sector wreaking havoc and Scandinavian drumming hero Paal Nilssen-Love adding his perennial doses of pop and sizzle, the trio's brazen and unrelenting attack often exceeds anticipated avant-garde paradigms. Containing three extended workouts, the band pushes the proverbial envelope to interstellar proportions.
The nineteen-minute opener, "Release Levers," is a nonstop slugfest, based on torrid undercurrents. But the trio tempers the flow prior to the bridge via microtonal dialogues and textures, then jumps into a reconstruction process while ascending back to the broad temporal plane, accelerated by reed man Dave Rempis' vociferous plaintive cries and rifling notes. Interspersed with subplots, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm handles the bass parts and electronics treatments amid his fervent staccato lines.
Besides its unbridled intensity, Ballister seems possessed by positive spirits while gelling to the live element via an emotive, fluid, and overpowering set of protocols, offering thrills-a-nanosecond.
Personnel: Dave Rempis: alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello, electronics; Paal Nilssen-Love: drums, percussion.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!