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You Deserve To Dance

by The Outskirts

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Dave Rempis – alto/tenor/bari saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Frank Rosaly -drums

Recorded live at The Hungry Brain, Chicago
April 5th, 2009

Recorded by Amos Scattergood

Produced by Dave Rempis

Special thanks to The Hungry Brain crew


released July 1, 2020

The Outskirts was a short-lived trio that worked from roughly 2007-2009, when bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten was still a resident of Chicago.  The three already formed the backbone of Flaten's Quintet, which did quite a bit of work from 2005 onwards, and had all played together regularly over the years in countless contexts.

This recording was the band's last performance; an April 2009 date on the longstanding Sunday night Transmission Series at the Hungry Brain.  Although they intended to do a full hard copy release of it, the original multi-track files were lost in a hard drive calamity that wiped out several important recording sessions, and made it impossible to mix the files to a desired balance between the instruments.  Additionally, Flaten joined Rempis' working band The Rempis Percussion Quartet in the late spring of that year, joining them for a European tour.  As that band was much better established, and Flaten had by then relocated away from Chicago, it limited their performance options, and made the quartet the focus of their activities together.  Sadly, The Outskirts dissolved into the practical realities of geography and time.

So we're very pleased to be able to present this rare historical document here for the first time!  Although the drums could use a bit of a boost (sorry Frankie....) it's still a gorgeous document of a trio of kindred souls, who creatively embrace their love of the jazz horn trio as a vehicle for deep rhythmic exploration.  Part Sonny Rollins and part Frank Lowe, Rempis' burly tenor rides alongside Flaten's muscular lines, while Rosaly's endlessly dynamic approach provides a consistent bed of momentum.  Both sets from the concert are presented here in full from the original stereo rough mix provided to the band soon after the concert.


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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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