Ballister, DJ Paal Nilssen-Love | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Ballister, DJ Paal Nilssen-Love Soundboard

When: Wed., Nov. 24, 9:30 p.m. 2010

In this new trio, saxophonist Dave Rempis, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love have little use for subtlety. On their self-released debut, Bastard String—a live set recorded this summer at the Hideout—they use their instruments like artillery, launching a barrage of explosive free improvisation. Though individual players occasionally drop out and the group sometimes turns down the heat, giving the performances dynamic range, the music is never polite. Nilssen-Love, one of the planet's loudest and most energetic jazz drummers, is at his most ferocious, and Lonberg-Holm adds electronic tones and heavy effects to his amplified cello. Rempis exerts the most power of the three, whether he's on alto, tenor, or baritone—he routinely pushes his horn into its upper register, turning the unwieldy squeals into brushstrokes both broad and fine. Nilssen-Love spins records between sets. —Peter Margasak

Price: $8

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