Downtown Music Gallery
This is the third fine
offering from Dave Rempis' Percussion Quartet and
it was recorded live at The Hunter-Gatherer in
Columbia, South Carolina in April of 2006. It is
another completely improvised affair with three
long and three shorter pieces. You should
recognize the names of Rempis, Tim Daisy and
Frank Rosaly from their work with Chicago groups
like the Vandermark 5 and Mandarin Movie. You
might even know of Anton Hatwich from a disc
reviewed here by Paul Hartsaw or his work with
Scott Rosenberg. All four men are Chicago-based.
"A Night at the Ranch Part One" blasts
open with some raging tenor and powerful
rhythm-team work. Both drummers sound great
together, swirling percussive waves and get into
a great double drum groove in the middle of this
piece, then slowly mellowing down to a fine
simmer. Rempis' warm toned bari sax opens "The
Bus and the Canyon", which starts slowly and
spaciously and then builds in intensity with some
feisty bari sax before it winds down again with
more spirited bowed bass and drifting percussion.
Disc 2 starts with "More Green than Giraffe,"
which begins with a swirling percussion and
strong, Trane-toned tenor sax, eventually getting
into a great, sort of funky groove. Dave takes a
long and joyous solo, working just right with the
web of percussion spinning underneath. You can tell
that these cats enjoy playing together, since
there is a great vibe of focused communication
that inspires the crowd egg them on even higher.
Their creativity and joyous energy is infectious
and had me smiling and jumping around in my
chair. Yet another strong concoction from
Chicago's finest. - BLG
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