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Rempis / Abrams / Ra + Baker: Apsis (Aerophonic)

"Apsis" makes permanent this Chicago band's expansion from the trio of Dave Rempis on saxophones, Joshua Abrams on bass, and Avreeayl Ra on drums & percussion with pianist & synth player Jim Baker, first heard on "Perihelion", as the 3rd album demonstrates the power and articulate strength of all four through extended and energetic improvisations of great modern jazz.
 

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UPC: 5902249001839

Label: Aerophonic
Catalog ID: AR022
Squidco Product Code: 27975

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, Illenois, on December 6th, 2018, by Dave Zuchowski.


Personnel:

Dave Rempis-alto saxophone,tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Jim Baker-piano, synthesizer

Joshua Abrams-bass

Avreeayl Ra-drums/percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"Dave Rempis was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts on March 24th, 1975. He began his musical studies at the age of 8, inspired by a family friend who played clarinet in local Greek bands, and by Zoot, of the Muppets Band, to pick up saxophone. During high school he performed in his town, district, and all-state bands and wind ensembles, as well as in a jazz combo at a local music school.

In 1993, Rempis began a degree in classical saxophone at Northwestern University with Frederick Hemke. Finding this environment stifling, Rempis quickly ditched the music degree to pursue studies in anthropology and ethnomusicology. As part of these studies, he spent a year at the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana, Legon, studying African music and ethnomusicology. He also continued to perform with many different types of groups, ranging from highlife and reggae bands while in Ghana, to jazz, free jazz, funk, and contemporary music ensembles at home. He graduated from Northwestern in 1997.

Upon graduating, Rempis decided to focus on performing, and in March of 1998 at the age of 22 was asked to replace veteran saxophonist Mars Williams in the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents.

During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop the many Chicago-based groups and international collaborations for which he's currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Many of these groups have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Not Two, Clean Feed, Solitaire, and Utech record labels. Past collaborations have included performances with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, Tony Buck, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named regularly since 2006 in the annual Downbeat Critics's Poll as a "rising star" on alto saxophone, and as a "rising star" and "established talent" on baritone saxophone.

Aside from performing, Rempis is also active as a presenter. Since 2002, he's curated a weekly Thursday-night concert series for the Elastic Arts Foundation. The series has featured over 500 concerts by some of the best improvisers from around the world, while maintaining a focus on up-and-coming local musicians. In late 2005, Rempis helped form the presenters' collective Umbrella Music, working with a small group of musicians and presenters in Chicago to provide better playing opportunities for creative and improvising musicians. As part of this group, he organized the annual Umbrella Music Festival from 2006-2014.

Rempis is also one of the main organizers of the indie-rock Pitchfork Music Festival, a 60,000-person event which takes place in Chicago's Union Park every July."

-Dave Rempis Website (http://daverempis.com/bio/)
9/18/2019

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"Jim Baker was born in Chicago a number of years ago and has been playing in and around Chicago and elsewhere in the world for a few decades, mostly on piano and analog synthesizer; mostly in improvisational contexts; in situations involving, amongst others, Fred Anderson, Ken Vandermark, Michael Zerang, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt, Edward WIlkerson Jr, David Boykin, Rob Mazurek, Guillermo Gregorio, Nicole Mitchell, Vincent Davis, the Thing XXL, Tortoise, Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Hartsaw, Janet Bean, Damon Short, and numerous others.

For a number of years, Mr Baker was the house pianist at the weekly jam sessions at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge; and for most of the past decade, has played weekly with the improvising quartet Extraordinary Popular Delusions (the other three Delusions: Messrs. Williams, Sandstrom, & Hunt) , who currently play nearly every monday night at Beat Kitchen in Chicago."

-Milk Factory Productions (http://www.milkfactoryproductions.com/Jim_Baker.html)
9/18/2019

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"Bassist, Composer Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of chicago's vibrant music scene for fifteen years, playing & recording as leader & sideman in projects across the genres. he co-founded the "back porch minimalist" band town & country (thrill jockey/box media) & with Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor the trio sticks & stones (thrill jockety/482 music). He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker "reminder" that navigate the realms of jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings (eremite/delmark/eastern developments/lucky kitchen). He has appeared on over 50 recordings including records by Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake & Bindu, Bonny "prince" Billy, Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, Sam Prekop, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, Ernest Dawkins Chicago 12, Savath & Savalis, Prefuse 73, Rhys Chatham, Rob Mazurek, Tortoise, the Roots, Edith Frost, Mia Doi Todd, Diverse, Joan of Arc, Lorren Mazzacane Connors, David Grubbs, David Boykin, Chris Conelly, & the Cairo Gang. He has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Dixon, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson trio, John Tchicai, the Exploding Star Orchestra, Henry Grimes, Axel Dorner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Peter Evans, Damo Suzuki, Wilbert de Joode, Jandek, Walter Wierbos, Tony Conrad, Bobby Broom, Sean Bergin, Nate Wooley, Craig Taborn, David Stakenas, Fred Hopkins, Rhys Chatham, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Neil Michael Hagerty, Lin Halliday, Raymond Strid, Douglas Ewart, Toumani Diabate, the Chicago Underground Orchestra, Ron Dewar, Baby d, Kevin Drumm, Terry x, Frederick Lvunquist, Jim o'Rourke, Kurt Vonnegut, & Earle Brown. When in chicago he plays weekly with Jeff Parker and John Herndon."

-Nicole Mitchell Website (http://nicolemitchell.com/joshua-abrams)
9/18/2019

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"Chicago master drummer/percussionist Avreeayl Ra was born in Chicago and still lives there today. He is a renowned musician always in demand among visiting jazz artists in Chicago. Avreeayl's father, Arthur 'Swinglee' O'Neil, was a tenor saxophonist who was mentor to many young Chicago musicians, including John Gilmore, later the mainstay of Sun Ra's Arkestra. Avreeayl is a long-term member of the Chicago AACM, and has performed and/or recorded with Fred Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Fontella Bass, Lester Bowie, Ari Brown, Oscar Brown, Jr., Henry Butler, Henry Byrd ('Professor Longhair'), Hamid Drake, Nicole Mitchell, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Malachi Thompson, and many more."

-Ragdale (http://ragdale.org/residency/resident/avreeayl-ra/)
9/18/2019

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track listing:


1. Exedra 25:22

2. Mithrab 36:06
sample the album:








descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Apsis is the the third recording by this working group since 2014, and it documents a band that has fully incorporated a new member into the mix, transitioning from working trio to working quartet. Although their last record, 2016's two-disc set Perihelion, featured keyboardist Jim Baker on one of the two discs, that recording was made on the first night Baker joined the band. While that doesn't diminish the quality of the work presented there - sometimes first meetings are magic - the intervening three years, during which Baker has become an integral part of this band, have produced an improvising ensemble that consistently creates spontaneous long-form compositions with jaw-dropping clarity.

Just listen to the first thirty seconds of the record, where Rempis' forceful opening on baritone is immediately countered by Baker's stabbing response on the flat ninth of the key that Rempis' whole note implies. Abrams enters seconds later with a descending line that gracefully turns a potentially discordant conflict into an achingly haunting tonality, Ra patiently builds his delicate cymbal and snare pattering into a consistent sense of motion, and the band is off to the races on a seamless excursion that lands somewhere between late period Coltrane and Cecil Taylor's bands with Jimmy Lyons. It's frankly difficult to believe that this music isn't pre-composed since so many of the melodic and rhythmic themes the band develops are airtight from the start. But that's what years of work together brings to the proceedings; trust in one another that ANY gesture can forward the narrative momentum as long as the entire band is committed and tuned in. Actual freedom.

We feel the same energy on the second piece - Mithrab - albeit in the midst of a very different musical landscape. While Exedra soars into the high voltage spaces the band is known for building, Mithrab sounds like Sun Ra snuck in the back door of a South Side Chicago club in the late 1950's, and stole the organ chair on a Gene Ammons gig. Baker's mind-melting approach to timbre and harmony on the ARP synthesizer combines with Rempis' full-throated but warm tenor sound, and the patient grooves that Abrams and Ra spin out, to produce a slow developing piece that draws you further and further into its subtle depth. The band gradually melts like butter into a medium tempo lope that sends them diving just as deeply into the interior aspects of a groove as they launch themselves outward into the stratosphere on Exedra.

This record stands as a testament to the value of patient long-term development in an improvising band, and as a celebration of the Chicago scene as a home base for deep artistic exploration and expression."-Aerophonic

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
From Wolves To Whales (Rempis / Wooley / Niggenkemper / Corsano)
Strandwal [2 CDs]
(Aerophonic)
Various Artists
Option 1 [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Rumback, Charles (w/ Jim Baker / James Singleton / Greg Ward)
Cadillac Turns
(Astral Spirits)
Abrams, Joshua And Natural Information Society
Mandatory Reality [2 CDs]
(Eremite)
Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon)
Hiljaisuus
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Brandon Lopez / Ryan Packard
The Early Bird Gets
(Aerophonic)
Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon)
Hiljaisuus [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tomeka Reid / Joshua Abrams
Ithra
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly
ICOCI
(Aerophonic)
Jackson, Keefe / Benjamin Vergara / Jim Baker / Phil Sudderberg
The Hallowed Plant
(Relative Pitch)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tim Daisy & Guests
Dodecahedron
(Aerophonic)
Spectral (Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs)
Empty Castles
(Aerophonic)
Giallorenzo, Paul Trio
Flow
(Delmark)
Moster, Parker, Abrams & Herndon
Ran Do
(Clean Feed)
Third Coast Ensemble
Wrecks
(RogueArt)
Rempis, Dave
Lattice
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly)
Cochonnerie
(Aerophonic)
Stein, Jason Quartet
Lucille!
(Delmark)
Abrams, Joshua Natural Information Society
Simultonality
(Tak:Til/Glitterbeat Records)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Gunwale: Rempis / Wildeman / Packard
Polynya
(Aerophonic)
Erb, Christoph / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly
...Don't Buy Him A Parrot...
(Hatology)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker-Flaten / Rosaly / Daisy)
Cash And Carry
(Aerophonic)
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
(Aerophonic)
Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Worse For The Wear
(Aerophonic)
Wooley / Rempis / Niggenkemper / Corsano
From Wolves To Whales
(Aerophonic)
Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth
Intergalactic Beings
(For Practically)
Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth
Intergalactic Beings [VINYL 2 LPs]
(For Practically)
Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Both Ends [VINYL]
(Bocian)
Rempis, Dave / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs
Spectral
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Marhaug Duo
Naancore [VINYL]
(Aerophonic)
Gregorio, Guillermo
Faktura
(Hat [now] ART)
Rempis / Abrams / Ra
Aphelion
(Aerophonic)
Rempis / Daisy Duo, The
Second Spring
(Aerophonic)
Jackson, Keefe Likely So
A Round Goal
(Delmark)
Wheelhouse
Boss Of The Plains
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet ,The
Phalanx [2 CDs]
(Aerophonic)
Ballister (Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love / Rempis)
Mi Casa Es En Fuego
(Ballister Music)
Petit, Didier - Alexandre Pierrepont
Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love)
Mechanisms
(Clean Feed)
Mitchell, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble's
Xenogenesis Suite
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Cardew, Cornelius
Material
(Hat [now] ART)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
From Wolves To Whales (Rempis / Wooley / Niggenkemper / Corsano)
Strandwal [2 CDs]
(Aerophonic)
Various Artists
Option 1 [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Rumback, Charles (w/ Jim Baker / James Singleton / Greg Ward)
Cadillac Turns
(Astral Spirits)
Abrams, Joshua And Natural Information Society
Mandatory Reality [2 CDs]
(Eremite)
Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon)
Hiljaisuus
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Brandon Lopez / Ryan Packard
The Early Bird Gets
(Aerophonic)
Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon)
Hiljaisuus [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tomeka Reid / Joshua Abrams
Ithra
(Aerophonic)
Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly
ICOCI
(Aerophonic)
Jackson, Keefe / Benjamin Vergara / Jim Baker / Phil Sudderberg
The Hallowed Plant
(Relative Pitch)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes
(Astral Spirits)
Rempis, Dave / Tim Daisy & Guests
Dodecahedron
(Aerophonic)
Spectral (Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs)
Empty Castles
(Aerophonic)
Giallorenzo, Paul Trio
Flow
(Delmark)
Moster, Parker, Abrams & Herndon
Ran Do
(Clean Feed)
Third Coast Ensemble
Wrecks
(RogueArt)
Rempis, Dave
Lattice
(Aerophonic)
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly)
Cochonnerie
(Aerophonic)
Stein, Jason Quartet
Lucille!
(Delmark)
Abrams, Joshua Natural Information Society
Simultonality
(Tak:Til/Glitterbeat Records)
Ballister
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)
Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Slag
(Aerophonic)
Gunwale: Rempis / Wildeman / Packard
Polynya
(Aerophonic)
Erb, Christoph / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly
...Don't Buy Him A Parrot...
(Hatology)

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