Dave Rempis & Frank Rosaly All Ages Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Jan. 5, 10 p.m. 2012

Saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Frank Rosaly had already been playing together in various lineups for eight years and collaborating as a total-improv duo for five when they recorded their first album as a two-piece, Cyrillic (482 Music), in 2009. Their time together shows in the session's fluid transitions between propulsive swing and darting explorations of atomized, meterless sound—and since then each man's playing has continued to evolve. Rempis, who switches among alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, has spent more time at the extreme ends of the decibel spectrum, working with electronic noise musicians and delicate chamber groups; perhaps as a result, his command of timbral nuance has never been more exquisite. And Rosaly now plays the whole of his kit—rims, shells, cymbal stands—with as much agile virtuosity as he beats the skins. This gig is their last as a duo before they cut their next album later this month at Strobe Recording in Humboldt Park. —Bill Meyer

Price: $7

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