Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

Articles | Stream | Future

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cochonnerie

Read "Cochonnerie" reviewed by

An unchanged line up on the eighth release from saxophonist Dave Rempis' Percussion Quartet signals a generous helping of rowdy energy and inspired oratory. As the name implies, the drums loom large with two distinctive practitioners in Tim Daisy on the left and Frank Rosaly on the right well separated in the mix (from information supplied by Rempis, not on the sleeve), fuelling the leader's stratospheric flights. Bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, well-known as one third of The Thing and a ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash And Carry

Read "Cash And Carry" reviewed by

Ornette Coleman was one of the first to use two drummers in a smaller ensemble for his seminal double quartet Free Jazz (Atlantic, 1961). In doing so they established the template for dual interaction, as Ed Blackwell majored on drum patterns while Billy Higgins emphasized the cymbals. While the format has become much more widespread as the avant-garde allowed the exploration of diverse combinations of instruments, it's still unusual for a small group to boast two percussionists, let alone for ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash And Carry

Read "Cash And Carry" reviewed by

Besides his regular duo performances with fellow Chicagoans drummer Tim Daisy or Frank Rosaly, The Rempis Percussion Quartet is saxophonist Dave Rempis' longest standing active group. To mark their tenth anniversary in 2014, they met at Chicago's Hungry Brain and recorded two lengthy pieces of music.Success for each of these players has limited their time together. While Rempis, Daisy and Rosaly all hail from the Windy City, Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten lives in Austin, Texas, and is ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Montreal Parade

Read "Montreal Parade" reviewed by

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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Montreal Parade

Read "Montreal Parade" reviewed by

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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Hunter-Gatherers

Read "Hunter-Gatherers" reviewed by

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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Hunter-Gatherers

Read "Hunter-Gatherers" reviewed by

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. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Rip Tear Crunch

Read "Rip Tear Crunch" reviewed by

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 ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Rip Tear Crunch

Read "Rip Tear Crunch" reviewed by

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 ...


Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!