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by Dave Rempis & Mars Williams

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Smoky Hollow 17:57


Dave Rempis - alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Mars Williams - sopranino/soprano/alto/tenor saxophone

Smoky Hollow - 17:57
Souvlaki Bukkake - 17:54
Strife Swapping - 10:05

Recorded live at Elastic Arts, Chicago
November 7th, 2016

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Dave Zuchowski

Produced by Dave Rempis


released May 6, 2020

Chicago saxophonist Mars Williams has been a hero to Dave Rempis since the younger musician first saw him perform at the now defunct Chicago venue The Lunar Cabaret in the summer of 1995 with his Albert Ayler-inspired band Witches And Devils.  Williams' ripping sound and fearless approach was an inspiration to Rempis as a young musician in town searching for his own voice.  A couple of years later in 1997, when Williams left the Vandermark Five since his performance schedule with his own bands had become too dense to also commit to Vandermark's working unit,  Rempis was hired to fill his shoes.  Not an easy task for a 22-year old upstart!

Since that time, the two have worked together in countless contexts, including in the legendary NRG Ensemble, developing a musical and personal affinity that runs deep.  Their shared sense of humor and no-holds-barred approach to the instrument makes them a natural pairing, as this duo concert from Chicago's Elastic Arts in November 2016 shows.  The music here moves from in-your-face squawks and squalls to thoughtful, pastoral explorations of harmony and timbre.  These are two improvisers who embody what could be called the Chicago School approach - embracing whatever musical territory they find themselves in and carving a path through it to the next thing, without getting hung up in the type of competing dogmas about "how" to improvise that bogs down so many other scenes.   These two roll up their sleeves, listen to one another, and do it.  A straightforward midwestern approach that provides great freedom in its simplicity.


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Aerophonic Records / Dave Rempis Chicago, Illinois

Aerophonic Records is a 100% artist-run label created by well-known Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis (Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Vandermark Five) to document his ongoing work. His intent with the label is to give him more direct contact with his audience, more control over how his work is presented, and more synchronicity between touring schedules and recorded output. ... more

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