Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, and Avreeayl Ra | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Aug. 13, 10 p.m. 2014

When a freely improvised group prominently features saxophonist Dave Rempis, its music tends to be fiery and bulldozer intense. But in this relatively new trio with bassist Joshua Abrams and percussionist Avreeayl Ra, he shows off a surprisingly gentle side. The group has just released its first album, Aphelion (Aerophonic), and on its brief opening piece, “Ruah,” Rempis blows quiet, tender washes on baritone saxophone, his breathy long tones and gentle melodic fragments only occasionally spiked with acrid low-end honks and upper-register squeaks; meanwhile his partners summon a meditative, floating calm with a small harp and a kalimba. —Peter Margasak, 2014

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