THE REMPIS PERCUSSION QUARTET - "Circular Logic"
LESLIE KEFFER - "Represents"
Utech Records,

www.utechrecords.com

Two major new talents have emerged recently out of the US that are worthy of a note.

First up is Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis, who has curated a weekly series of concerts at 3030 in Chicago, and has played with everyone from Triage, The Thread Quintet, Axel Dorner, Paul Lytton, Hamid Drake, Tony Buck to Joe Morris. His latest release 'the highly limited [125 copies] edition' 'Circular Logic' is a live recording taken from two nights at Chicago's Empty Bottle from January and February of this year. First thing that grabs the listener is his bold and brash sound on the tenor. While he doesn't 'overplay' or overpower the other members of his quartet, there are moments when his tool of choice becomes the very dominant force in the aural landscape. Then, while he's blowing away his dissonant lines, the rest of the quartet is scrambling to stay afloat in the chaos that he presents them with. In all fairness, bassist Anton Hatwich's bass barrages are fine, but it's the duelling percussion duo of Frank Rosaly and Tim Daisy that constitutes the highlight of these performances. Their maxi-rhythmic playing [as they're trading off percussion duties or simply playing in chaotic unison] gives the quartet an extra back-bone to lie against. Also, what's great about the quartet is the space the leader allows all members.

Whether it's through solos or duo sections, everyone seems to play truly as a member of a team. It's the 'oomph' that is equally guttural as it is primal. Let's raise a toast to this flawless live recording and here's hoping there's lots more in the vaults from this Chicago madman.

Based in Ohio, Leslie Keffer is a different sort of musician. Her love is found in electronics and anything that is loud and drilling. 'Represents' gathers four dissimilar [mostly] live recordings from various places and conveniently packages them on one CD. The opener 'The Union' is a gruelling experiment in loopy, squelching noise that is evenly spread throughout its 12 minute duration. 'Tarantula Hill' turns out to be a feedback fury from hell that resembles an entire swarm of loud motorbikes racing on the freeway. At times in these recordings you're bound to hear something that resembles a screaming human voice begging for mercy or a bunch of messed up guitar chords or even a detuned chainsaw and then you think, how's this possible? What the hell is Leslie doing anyhow? While noise has officially gone mainstream, it's great to see that people such as Leslie Keffer are keeping a level head while digging the darker terrains for their inspiration.

Tom Sekowski


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