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Rempis / Parker / Haker Flaten / Cunningham: Stringers & Struts (Aerophonic)

The collaborative quartet of current and former Chicago improvisers and band leaders from Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, Jeff Parker on guitar, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums, are heard live at Elastic Arts in Chicago during the 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival, capturing these three extended and masterful conversations.
 

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UPC: 902249003123

Label: Aerophonic
Catalog ID: AR029
Squidco Product Code: 29817

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Elastic Arts in Chicago, Illinois, on August 29th, 2019, by Dave Zuchowsk.


Personnel:

Dave Rempis-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bari saxophone

Jeff Parker-guitar

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-bass

Jeremy Cunningham-drums

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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/)
4/14/2021

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"Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American jazz and rock guitarist based in Los Angeles. Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with avant-garde electronic, rock, and improvisational groups.

Parker currently plays guitar in the post-rock group Tortoise and also was a founding member of the ensembles Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as working with musicians George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson (musician) and Jason Moran. He has released three solo albums: Like-Coping, The Relatives and Bright Light in Winter."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Parker_(musician))
4/14/2021

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"Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (b. 1971, Oppdal) - studied Jazz at the Music Consevatory in Trondheim, Norway (1992-1995) under the tutelage of bassplayer Odd Magne Gridseth.

When one listens to the great bassists in modern jazz history, a striking thing (though it may not be immediately arrived at) is that greatness is reached through open-mindedness and diversity. William Parker, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Peter Kowald, Wilbur Ware, Bertram Turetsky, Buell Neidlinger - all of these bass players have embraced a lifestyle of playing all sorts of music and the breadth of each musicians' technique is a testament to those experiences. Norwegian bassist and composer Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is also a musician whose experience is both geographical and aesthetic. While the fertile Scandinavian new jazz scene offered a vast amount of opportunities to work in different bands with musicians whose concepts are as individual as the grains in a reed, Flaten has found home and on-the-bandstand education in places as far flung as Chicago and his current residence Austin, Texas.

A muscular player whose tone and attack run the gamut from Paul Chambers to Buschi Niebergall, his sense of both openness and control serves ensembles as diverse as The Thing, Free Fall, Atomic, Scorch Trio and the Kornstad/Håker Flaten Duo. In addition to his own Chicago Sextet and Austin-centric Young Mothers, Flaten has also recorded and performed with Frode Gjerstad, Dave Rempis, Bobby Bradford, the AALY Trio, Ken Vandermark, Stephen Gauci, Tony Malaby, Daniel Levin, Dennis Gonzalez and numerous others. Flaten studied at the Conservatory in Trondheim (1992-1995), turning professional shortly afterward, yet his hunger to play in new situations with new musicians - schooled or amateur, frequently recorded or just starting out - puts him in a rare class, that of a truly broad-minded artist. That mettle has served him well, living and developing the music under his own steam and drawing from influences as diverse as Derek Bailey, George Russell, Chris McGregor, filmmakers Ingmar Bergman, contemporary pop melody and gritty punk music as well as everyday sights and sounds.

There is a calmness and self-assuredness that imbues all great artists, in that the diversity of their work comes with very little ego. Flaten's artistry is often in collective, leaderless ensembles and in fact, following a decade of professional musicianship it wasn't until 2004 that his leader-debut was released - Quintet (Jazzland, followed in 2008 by The Year of the Boar, and a Sextet recording is upcoming). This latter fact is partly due to the necessity of a copacetic situation - in an interview in 2010 with the Austinist he noted that "I use people where I'm located. It's inspiring to have your own band to write for, but you have to make sure that people feel free and not limited by the music; the compositions should lead the way to a player's open mind, and that is a challenge." Certainly not every bandleader/composer thinks this way.

In 2011, he formed another ensemble, The Young Mothers, which includes drummers Stefan Gonzalez (Dallas) and Frank Rosaly (Chicago), trumpeter/poet/rapper Jawaad Taylor (New York), saxophonist Jason Jackson (Houston), and Jonathan Horne (Austin) on guitar. It's a group of varying levels and influences and as it grows organically, will be another excellent lens through which to view Flaten's aesthetic, philosophy, and musicianship. The next few years see him in a position where established ensembles can steep and spread their influence, while experimenting with and nurturing a wide range of new relationships."

-Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Website (http://www.ingebrigtflaten.com/about-me/)
4/14/2021

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"Jeremy Cunningham is a drummer, composer, and improviser. Originally from Cincinnati, he moved to Chicago in 2009, where he currently performs and composes as an integral part of the city's vibrant music scene. He holds a Bachelors of Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with professor John Von Ohlen, whose zen, loose approach toward drumming continues to inform Cunningham's technique today. Coltrane (and, by extension, Elvin Jones) is another huge influence; Cunningham cites an early introduction to "Live at Birdland" as a formative musical experience.

Since moving to Chicago, Cunningham has performed with an impressive roster of luminaries such as Von Freeman, Chris Foreman, Jeff Parker, Mike Allemana, Marquis Hill, Caroline Davis, Nick Mazzarella, and Dave Miller. He can be heard on Marquis Hill's albums "New Gospel" and "Sounds of the City," as well as Caroline Davis's "Live, Work, Play." In addition to performing in clubs and festivals throughout Chicago, Cunningham also appears throughout the United States with various projects. He's has toured internationally with IsWhat?!, the Moshier/Lebrun Collective, and Paul Giallorenzo's GitGo.

Most recently, Cunningham completed a Masters in Music from DePaul University, under the mentorship of Dana Hall, and has been working on Meridian Trio, a collaborative effort with Nick Mazzarella and Matt Ulery. He also released his first album as a bandleader, re: dawn (from far). The album, out on ears&eyes Records, was recorded with some of Cunningham's closest colleagues and mentors: Jeff Parker, Josh Johnson, and Ulery."

-Jeremy Cunningham Website (http://jeremy-cunningham.com/bio/)
4/14/2021

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track listing:


1. Cutwater 20:18

2. Harmany 25:34

3. Caviste 07:39
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"If you know Chicago jazz, you know the tendons beneath the surface run deep. This isn't always apparent at first glance. Up above, it's a broad-shouldered expanse where a multitude of players continue to weave specific sections on the tapestry of this ever-evolving art. And many of those sub-scenes have unique venues, audiences, and networks. But hang around late one night, and you'll see players from far-flung corners, who may not ever work together, roll into local haunts like Elastic Arts and the Hungry Brain after their gigs to have a laugh and compare perspectives. Stringers and Struts is the audible personification of those deep tendons.

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The collaborative quartet featured here consists of four musicians and bandleaders, all current or former Chicagoans, each of whom has carved out their own niche. Rempis is the "outsider" known for firebreathing bands like The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ballister, and Kuzu. Cunningham, coming perhaps from the "straightest" side of the scene, first gained notoriety for his work with Marquis Hill's Quintet. Since then, he's worked regularly with a who's who of the Chicago jazz world, culminating in 2019's The Weather Up There, his second leader date which propelled him to international acclaim. Flaten tends to move between those extremes, blowing it out with free jazz power trio The Thing one night, contemporary jazz band Atomic the next, and the mish-mash grindcore/hip-hop/jazz of his own Young Mothers on another. And Parker, now a former Chicagoan after decamping to LA in 2013, is a musical chameleon who's worked closely with a panoply of artists including Tortoise, Rob Mazurek, Fred Anderson, Nicole Mitchell, Joey DeFrancesco, and Meshell N'Degeocello. It's his own records that put him in the top ranks of creative music though. 2003's Like Coping on Delmark remains one of the most tuneful records from turn-of-the-century Chicago, and his releases in recent years - 2016's The New Breed, and 2019's Suite For Max Brown - eke out uncharted territory using a combination of composition, improvisation, sampling, and post-production in ways that are truly unprecedented.

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So how did this group come together? Some late-night conversations at the bar between Rempis and Cunningham affirmed a mutual respect and shared sense of humor a few years back, and that led to some regular duo gigs. When they realized that mutual friends Parker and Flaten would be in town for the 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival, the opportunity to form a larger group was too good to miss. Parker and Cunningham have a long history together, as do Rempis, Parker, and Flaten, who all toured together in Flaten's eponymous Chicago Quintet when he was a resident of the city in the late aught's. With those links in mind, they arranged a Jazz Fest after-set at Elastic Arts in late August 2019, where this album was recorded.

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And despite their stylistic differences in other settings, from the first notes of Stringers and Struts we hear a band that plays with commitment and cohesion. Each member brings out new facets of the others - Parker's melodicism warms up Rempis' tone and invites a new focus on contrapuntal motion in his playing, while Rempis draws some spiky shards of sound from Parker's otherwise round-toned ax. Flaten's drive propels Cunningham, and frees him up to play more impressionistically than he otherwise might. And Cunningham - who's been known to fret that he's a nail-biting novice to free improvisation - proves himself fully capable of taking on that new challenge using the same remarkable depth of musicality that he applies in more familiar contexts. Put these together and you end up with a record that draws lines between Grant Green's Iron City, Ornette Coleman's Body Meta, and Sonny Sharrock's Ask the Ages.

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So while these four may blow in from different corners of the weathervane, they meet in a place of respect with a deep commitment to listening, and to acknowledging and absorbing one another's perspectives. It's this willingness to keep their ears open over the course of a career that allows each of them to throw off new tendrils with the depth that we hear on Stringers and Struts. You'd be hard pressed to find another setting where such a collaboration could take place."-Aerophonic Records

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