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Live At The Velvet Lounge

by Triage

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No Fires 20:59
Rotor 16:13
Cape Coast 07:40


Dave Rempis - alto/tenor/bari saxophone
Jason Ajemian - bass
Tim Daisy - drums

No Fires - 20:59
Rotor - 16:13
Cape Coast - 07:41

Recorded live at the original Velvet Lounge
2128 1/2 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL
January 28th, 2005

Recorded and mixed by Mark Ramsey

Produced by Dave Rempis

Special thanks to Fred Anderson, Andy Pierce, Donna Joy Wolfe, Uli Reist, and the rest of the Velvet Lounge crew. 


released June 17, 2020

This recording documents a formative group and period of these three noted musicians’ early careers in Chicago.  Formed in 1998, Triage was a working band that played regularly in Chicago, particularly subbing for the Vandermark Five on their long stretch of weekly Tuesday night gigs at the Empty Bottle from 1998-2005.  In 2001, original bassist Gordon Lewis left the band and was replaced by Jason Ajemian, who had recently relocated to the city from Virginia.  At that time the band embarked on a very active period of recording and touring – three musicians in their early/mid 20’s ready to take things by storm.  The band put out four studio recordings including a self-titled cdr in 1998, Premium Plastics in 2001 (Solitaire Records), Twenty Minute Cliff in 2003 (Okkadisk), and American Mythology in 2004 (Okkadisk).  Their final release was the limited edition cd Stagger (Utech Records) from a live concert in Syracuse, New York which came out in 2005.  They also toured extensively in the US, and did one tour of Europe in the fall of 2004.

This record documents one of the last active periods for the trio before Ajemian left for New York in summer 2005.  It comes from the storied Velvet Lounge, another regular outlet for the band to work on its compositional ideas and improvisational approach during their working tenure.  Owner Fred Anderson, perhaps the most influential Chicago avant-garde jazz musician of the latter 20th Century, graciously opened up his club to these young musicians, and extended his generosity and warmth of spirit to give them a platform to develop their work.  The debt they owe to Fred for this kindness is indescribable.  As Steve Lacy wrote on a show poster that hung on the wall of The Velvet Lounge for many years after he played there in 1999 - “This Place Is A Temple."  These three musicians approached it as such.  The dedication that Anderson put into running his club was an inspiration, and beyond the joy of playing in that warm room, a gig at the Velvet was a moment for some serious work to be done.


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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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