Rempis Percussion Quartet, DJ Kent Kessler | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Rempis Percussion Quartet, DJ Kent Kessler Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., July 1, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Saxophonist Dave Rempis sounds oddly belligerent in the liner notes for The Disappointment of Parsley (Not Two), his superb new album with the Rempis Percussion Quartet. Writing about the title tune, he tells listeners who “don’t like their free improvisation too jazzy” to “head for the bar,” then rips into jazz critics who can’t distinguish between alto and tenor saxophones. But that dynamic, hard-charging opening track doesn’t need defending, and neither do the other two cuts on the album—this is the band’s finest moment yet. In keeping with the group’s modus operandi, the music is purely improvised (except for a quotation from Julius Hemphill’s “C” in the final piece), and Rempis leaps from idea to idea with more fluidity and force than ever. His lines are more about rhythm than melody, and for good reason: drummers Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly function as an astonishingly well-integrated whole, creating such a constant busy churn of inventive grooves and textures that Rempis would need to have earplugs in not to respond to them. This performance is the quartet’s local debut with new bassist Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten. Kent Kessler. —Peter Margasak

Price: $7

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