Forbes Graham – trumpet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Pandelis Karayorgis – piano
Luther Gray – drums
[ti_audio media=”1979″]”Hover” – Instruments of Change, 2012
This collaborative quartet was formed in the winter of 2008, when Rempis took advantage of one of his regular trips home to visit family in Boston to start a musical relationship with some of his favorite musicians in that city. Having known Pandelis Karayorgis for almost a decade through fellow musicians Nate McBride and Ken Vandermark, the two decided to round out a quartet with the wide-ranging capabilities of Forbes Graham on trumpet, and the old-school driving swing of Luther Gray on drums. Since that time, the group has normally played once or twice a year in Boston, working on a set of compositions brought in by all its members. The band recorded in December of 2009, a recording which is scheduled to come out on the Polish label Not Two Records in 2012 as “Instruments of Change.”
The performance 12/27 at the Outpost by the Construction Party was as good a demonstration of what can happen when top-drawer jazz musicians get together from different planets. When the musicians have the right qualities and intentions, the result is music that has genuinely compelling connections. Dave Rempis, Forbes Graham, Pandelis Karayorgis, and Luther Gray reside in different parts of eastern Massachusetts and Chicago. Further, they are improvisors with quite distinctive personalities. Understandably, their compositional approaches and aesthetics are markedly different also. But none of that is significant–other than the fact that musical diversity is inevitable–when people of such musicality join forces. Each of the musicians brought compositions to the gig, and all of them worked out the peculiarities of both the charts and the improvisational roles in apparently a single rehearsal. If that’s not enough, it was a wonderful surprise to hear what each writer did with the front-line sonics of alto and trumpet. And with all that, the improvisations–exhibiting compelling diversity–were a treat for anyone with ears.
Stu Vandermark, Boston Jazz Scene Dec 2010