Dave Rempis: alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Frank Rosaly: drums/percussion
Saxophonist Dave Rempis and percussionist Frank Rosaly share a musical relationship of the once-in-a-generation variety. These two improvisers have worked together for almost twenty years, beginning in 2001 when they met in the basement of the Nervous Center, a divey Lincoln Square café that served as a crucial breeding ground for young improvising musicians in Chicago at that time. From the spark of that first musical encounter, the two went on to work together in countless formations during one of the many “golden eras” of the Chicago jazz and improvised music scene; most notably the Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Chicago Sextet, and their longstanding duo pairing. They also became close friends, seeing one another through various relationships, family trials and tribulations, and other life-defining moments. It’s the depth and breadth of these shared human experiences that creates a musical affinity which is singular in its intimacy, and its strength.
After fifteen years in the trenches of the Windy City, Rosaly decided in 2016 to relocate to another flat, windswept locale across the ocean, beginning a new life in Amsterdam. The loss of his presence in his adopted hometown reverberated across the scene with a heartsinking thud; a moment of reevaluation for so many musicians who had come to depend on his work ethic, sensitivity, and total dedication to every musical context he took on. His sound helped define a multitude of projects in that era, none more so than the bands he worked in with Rempis. But that enduring relationship wouldn’t be shattered by a lack of geographic proximity.
This duo album was recorded live at Elastic Arts in January of 2018, during Rosaly’s lone return visit to Chicago since his departure. The two had prepped for it with a short tour in Europe the preceding fall. In it, we hear the joy of two old friends rediscovering each other, cat....... więcej