by Mark Corroto
Sometimes a band hits a stretch, much like an athlete with a hot hand, and produces a string of special recordings. Sud Des Alpes is The Rempis Percussion Quartet's tenth release and it follows Cochonnerie (Aerophonic, 2017). Like all the quartet's releases except Montreal Parade (482 Music, 2011), it captures a live performance. This at AMR in Geneva, Switzerland in 2019 as part of a European tour and the unit's fifteenth anniversary. Little has changed, except for the replacement of ...read more
by John Sharpe
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 ...read more
by John Sharpe
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 ...read more
by Mark Corroto
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 ...read more
by Nic Jones
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 ...read more
by Troy Collins
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 ...read more
by AAJ Staff
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 ...read more