Rempis Percussion Quartet-1 by George Staicu

THE REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET

Dave Rempis – alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums
Tim Daisy – drums

Live @ Moers Festival, May 2009

Live @ The Hideout, April 2011

The Rempis Percussion Quartet is a free-improvising whirlwind that draws inspiration from a shared interest in West African and Latin American rhythms, coupled with American funk and free jazz. Using these influences, the band creates spontaneous music which nevertheless maintains a focus on ensemble motion and compositional structures. Led by saxophonist Dave Rempis (The Engines, Rempis/Rosaly Duo, Triage, Vandermark Five) the band originally formed for a house party in April 2004, and their performances maintain an unabashedly raucous energy based on relentless grooves and unrestrained blowing, tempered with occasional moments of quiet balladry. This quartet has toured regularly in both the US and Europe, with North American tours in 2006 and 2007, and European tours in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 including several major European festival performances.  The band has also released seven records, including the limited edition “Circular Logic” (Utech Records 2005) “Rip Tear Crunch” (482 Music 2006) “Hunter-Gatherers” (482 Music – 2007), “The Disappointment of Parsley (Not Two – 2009), and Montreal Parade (482 Music – 2011), and Phalanx (Aerophonic – 2013).  Their most recent release, Cash And Carry, was recorded live in Chicago in fall of 2014, and came out on Aerophonic Records in June of 2015.  The band will tour North America for the first time in eight years in October of 2015 in support of that release, and will tour Europe again in May of 2016.

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“As agile as it is rawboned, the band incorporates sounds ranging from the heated folk expression of ethiopian saxophone legend Getachew Merkurya to Latin accents to screech effects…this is one improvising group that does consistently see the forest for the trees.”  –Lloyd Sachs, JAZZWISE

“Rempis covers all the bases, getting down and dirty on baritone, preaching on tenor, but still skronking and squealing as the moment demands.  When drums, bass and saxophone lock onto a riff, they don’t let go, constituting a unit of fearsome power.”
-John Sharpe, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Spacing is what makes this quartet thrive, as its playful approach is best felt in the balanced transitions. The harmonic shadings twist and bend, but it’s the way the band allows tension to fester — during (almost) quiet, contemplative moments — that really allows this kind of free jazz to grow.
-Otis Taylor, THE COLUMBIA STATE

The name of Dave Rempis’s latest group is fair warning: never before has the saxophonist led a band that hit this hard.”
–Bill Meyer, CHICAGO READER

“…one of the most exciting albums of the year….(Rempis) understands the power of controlled freedom in music, so that this music, even in its wildest moments, retains a sense of order.
–Marc Meyers, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Dave Rempis proves himself to be a strong leader and his playing is, as always, powerfully enjoyable.  All of these men are pillars of the underground Chicago jazz/improv scene,  but it’s in this configuration that their prodigious talents are best expressed.  Needless to say, this is a fantastic record, the record all fans of these fantastic musicians have been waiting for.”
-Justin Glick, WNUR

“The Rempis Percussion Quartet’s tremendously propulsive Afrobeat grooves, unending swing, and even breathtakingly quiet moments seem to draw from a bottomless well of energy.”
-Matthew Lurie, TIMEOUT CHICAGO

“It’s clear that this is a band which has allowed itself the time and space to develop as a unit, and the music is accordingly happening on a deeply profound level……..the strengths and musical inclinations of the members have become symbiotic.
-Nic Jones, ALL ABOUT JAZZ


Featured Recordings


Chicago Reed Quartet "Western Automatic"
Aerophonic Records
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3437 REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET "Cash And Carry"
Aerophonic Records
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3312 BALLISTER "Worse For The Wear"
Aerophonic Records
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3311 REMPIS/WOOLEY/NIGGENKEMPER/CORSANO "From Wolves To Whales"
Aerophonic Records
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