Half Notes: Rempis/Rosaly – Cyrillic (2010)

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by Mark Saleski

Saxophonist Dave Rempis’ co-conspirator on drums, Frank Rosaly, lays down some solid grooves and textures. Nothing here is quite as chaotic as say, Interstellar Space, but the music isn’t exactly subdued either. Rempis displays some impressive extended technique on tunes like “How to Cross When Bridges Are Out,” with Rosaly providing both implied rhythmic structure as well as melodic counterpoint to the horn. Another feast for the ears (and possible room-clearer) is “Still Will,” with both men getting the most out of their instruments. Of course, I love the charging baritone and the closing track “In Plain Sight” does not disappoint. The horn’s low and higher registers are brought out as some serious swing develops.

Half Notes is a quick-take music feature on Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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