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Dave Rempis (saxes), Anton Hatwich (b), Tim Daisy (d), Frank Rosaly (d)
The Rempis Percussion Quartet is back after their explosive Utech records release from 2005 that made WNUR’s Top 15 DJ Favorites list almost unanimously. Rip Tear Crunch is the quartet’s first studio album but loses none of the intensity of their live sets. The music itself is heavily rhythmic, as you might imagine would be the case with two drummers, but still extremely musical. Daisy and Rosaly, two of the strongest young drummers in Chicago and elsewhere, are constantly working together to put together a pocket of incredible depth and when combined with Hatwich’s thundering bass (that manages to cut through the ruckus of two drummers) they produce an endlessly variable groove. Dave Rempis proves himself to be a strong leader and his playing is, as always, powerfully enjoyable. All of these men are pillars of the underground Chicago jazz/improv scene (members of the Vandermark 5, Triage, Chicago-Lucerne Exchange, etc.) but it’s in this configuration that their prodigious talents are best expressed. Needless to say, this is a fantastic record, the record all fans of these fantastic musicians have been waiting for.
by Justin Glick, Jazz Director