All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

125

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Montreal Parade

Troy Collins By

Sign in to view read count
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 Håker Flaten in an effort to subtly alter the line-up's sound. Montreal Parade, their fifth album, is notable in that not only is it Flaten's recorded debut with the quartet, which features the unique dual drummer foundation of Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly, but it is also a rare studio recording. Capturing their visceral live intensity in a sonically pure studio environment, this is one of the band's most expansive offerings, whose previous efforts have been documented primarily in concert. Broken into two long-form pieces totaling just over an hour, the set encapsulates all of The Rempis Percussion Quartet's standard motifs, ranging from coiled catharsis to pointillist introspection.

Propulsive yet abstract interpretations of West African, Latin and funk rhythms have long been one of the group's key strengths. "This Is Not A Tango," the infectiously hypnotic opener, spotlights Daisy and Rosaly's churning, free-associative polyrhythms underscored by Flaten's asymmetrical phrasing. Careening fervently on tenor at the onset of the session, Rempis unveils a bristling array of circuitous cadences throughout the date, whether on alto, tenor or baritone, pirouetting from intervallic bop workouts to angular free meditations.

At over 42 minutes, "If You Were A Waffle And I Were A Bee" is more than twice the duration of the preceding track. Book-ended by rousing episodes that showcase the unit's driving swing and impetuous brio, their zealous interplay eventually deconstructs into diaphanous discourse a quarter of the way into the piece. Shifting from fortissimo expressionism to pianissimo impressionism and back again, the tenor of the excursion vacillates dramatically, as unsettled quietude becomes the norm. Such extreme dynamics have long been a staple of spontaneous free improvisation, and though engaging in person, when devoid of a visual reference extended aleatoric musings like these can easily fade from attention. To their credit, Rempis and company avoid such pitfalls; Rempis' bluesy multiphonic baritone ruminations, Flaten's coarse arco harmonics and the drummers' scintillating accents maintain sonic interest even at the threshold of audibility.

Straddling the line between unfettered freedom and the traditional conventions of implied structure, The Rempis Percussion Quartet covers a wide range on Montreal Parade, demonstrating the continuing validity of their freewheeling approach with compelling fervor.

Track Listing: This Is Not A Tango; If You Were A Waffle And I Were A Bee.

Personnel: Dave Rempis: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone; Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: bass; Tim Daisy: drums; Frank Rosaly: drums.

Title: Montreal Parade | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: 482 Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
Read more articles
Cochonnerie

Cochonnerie

Aerophonic Records
2017

buy
Lattice

Lattice

Aerophonic Records
2017

buy
Perihelion

Perihelion

Aerophonic Records
2016

buy
Western Automatic

Western Automatic

Aerophonic Records
2015

buy
Spectral

Spectral

Aerophonic Records
2014

buy
From Wolves To Whales

From Wolves To Whales

Aerophonic Records
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Mønk CD/LP/Track Review
Mønk
by Chris May
Published: September 20, 2018
Read The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Hidden Details CD/LP/Track Review
Hidden Details
by John Kelman
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Selective Coverage CD/LP/Track Review
Selective Coverage
by Jim Olin
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Fat Daddy CD/LP/Track Review
Fat Daddy
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 19, 2018
Read Short Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Short Stories
by Gareth Thompson
Published: September 19, 2018
Read "Triad" CD/LP/Track Review Triad
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 23, 2018
Read "In The Blue Light" CD/LP/Track Review In The Blue Light
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: September 5, 2018
Read "Crossing Borders" CD/LP/Track Review Crossing Borders
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 28, 2018
Read "#Office for the Day" CD/LP/Track Review #Office for the Day
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: December 1, 2017
Read "The Other Side of Time" CD/LP/Track Review The Other Side of Time
by Kevin Press
Published: January 31, 2018
Read "Cubafonía" CD/LP/Track Review Cubafonía
by Matt Hooke
Published: December 26, 2017