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...

273

The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Rip Tear Crunch

Troy Collins By

Sign in to view read count
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 the virtual eye of the storm, providing the melodic and rhythmic foundation for Rempis to spiral off from, floating over the polyrhythmic stew concocted by drummers Frank Rosaly and Tim Daisy (also of the Vandermark 5). Although having two drummers play opposing meters in tandem could have been a logistical nightmare, they never step on each other's toes. As such, the album never comes across as over crowded, despite the potential for sonic frenzy Rosaly and Daisy have at their disposal. At times, their contributions are sparse enough to border on the threshold of audibility. Rempis takes a cue from his employer, Ken Vandermark, expanding his arsenal to include tenor and baritone saxophone in addition to his principle horn, the alto. With nimble, fluid phrasing, his brawny baritone proves especially apposite to the ensemble's more aggressive passages.

With only five tunes, the record fixates on the lengthy title track as its centerpiece. The other four tunes represent relative facets of this long form composition. The opening "Shreds" is a slow burner, beginning subtly with restrained alto variations gliding over a solid bass ostinato and a nuanced web of percussion from the dual drummers. Rempis slowly builds the tension level with spiraling refrains and keening altissimo cries, kicking the piece into overdrive as the drummers thrash away in unison. Gradually the quartet drops the energy level, taking out the tune much as it began.

"Flank" and "The Rub" both build gradually from quiet AACM-like textural investigations into more meaty excursions while "Dirty Work Can Be Clean Fun" is a two minute blast of unrestrained free jazz skronk. The title track encompasses all these stylistic themes and variations over its half-hour duration. Heated moments of propulsive groove and cathartic release yield passages of austere tranquility. With no less than five distinct, dynamically varied sections, it is the album's conceptual highlight.

A mature and solid release, Rempis demonstrates a keen sensibility for leaving space in music that could easily be overburdened by endless vamping and excessive sonic clutter.

Visit Dave Rempis on the web.


Track Listing: Shreds; Flank; Rip Tear Crunch; Dirty Work Can Be Clean Fun; The Rub.

Personnel: Dave Rempis: alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; Anton Hatwich: bass; Tim Daisy: percussion; Frank Rosaly: percussion.

Title: Rip Tear Crunch | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: 482 Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Cash And Carry

Cash And Carry

Aerophonic Records
2015

buy
Rip Tear Crunch

Rip Tear Crunch

482 Music
2006

buy
Circular Logic

Circular Logic

Utech Records
2005

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 "Ilona" CD/LP/Track Review Ilona
by Anthony Shaw
Published: May 10, 2018
Read "Timeline" CD/LP/Track Review Timeline
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: May 30, 2018
Read "Oh My, Those Boys!" CD/LP/Track Review Oh My, Those Boys!
by John Sharpe
Published: May 29, 2018
Read "Let Your Light Shine On" CD/LP/Track Review Let Your Light Shine On
by Chris May
Published: May 27, 2018
Read "Echo of a Heartbeat" CD/LP/Track Review Echo of a Heartbeat
by Jerome Wilson
Published: May 6, 2018
Read "Cycle" CD/LP/Track Review Cycle
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 17, 2018