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Live At WNUR

by Wheelhouse

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Dave Rempis - alto/tenor saxophone
Jason Adasiewicz - vibes
Nate McBride - bass

Wire And Pliers - 09:28
Free Days - 09:35
Creep - 07:52
Free Improvisation - 05:39
The Volunteer - 09:25

Recorded live at WNUR-FM 89. 3
Evanston, IL / Northwestern Univsersity
April 13th, 2005

Recorded and mixed by Steve ??? for live broadcast

Produced by Dave Rempis

Special thanks to WNUR, Mike Corsa, and Eric Ricks


released June 24, 2020

This live recording from Northwestern University's radio station WNUR just outside of Chicago documents what may be the first performance by this collaborative trio.  Wheelhouse was a fixture on the Chicago scene from 2005-2013, working regularly across town, and the band featured three singular voices in the improvised music landscape of the city at that time - saxophonist Dave Rempis, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, and bassist Nate McBride.  At that time McBride had only recently relocated to Chicago from Boston, where he quickly hooked up with Rempis as a regular collaborator in this band and many others.  The two had met in the late 90's through reedist Ken Vandermark, and all three had a Boston connection with both Rempis and Vandermark having grown up there. As soon as McBride landed, this group was a formation that Rempis knew needed to happen.   These three can only be described as simpatico across the board - both great friends and musical collaborators, with a shared perspective on music and life.

At the time of this recording, the band had only just begun, and was working on compositions by each band member.  They'd later take the lessons they learned with that approach, and turn it into the sort of extremely focused improvising featured on their one official release to date - 2013's Boss Of The Plains, also released right here on Aerophonic.  But this record serves as an incredible document of a working band in its nascent stages - in fact this may be their very first performance outside of a rehearsal room!  This new document is perhaps even more poignant since both Adasiewicz and McBride have stepped back from their performance schedules to varying degree in recent years to focus on family, day jobs, and other important aspects of life outside music.


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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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