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Sun Rooms, Wheelhouse 

When: Sat., May 11, 9:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $10, $8 in advance
Last December this Chicago trio—saxophonist Dave Rempis, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, and bassist Nate McBride—played a CD-release concert at Elastic for their debut, Boss of the Plains, despite the fact that physical copies of the album didn’t exist. Wheelhouse was hardly the first group to throw such an unintentionally anticlimactic release party, but in this case it wasn’t a matter of a routine production delay. Soon weeks turned into months, and the small Polish label that was supposed to put out Boss of the Plains still hadn’t—so Rempis did something constructive with his frustration and launched his own imprint, Aerophonic, which will debut on May 28 by releasing the Wheelhouse album and a new one from the Rempis Percussion Quartet. Copies of Boss of the Plains will be for sale tonight, and it’s a stunning piece of work. The record’s intimate, entirely improvised chamber jazz underlines Rempis’s foundations in bop—on tune after tune, he explodes his buoyant, fast-moving bebop licks into starbursts of energy and abstraction, his bright, slightly acrid tone coarsening into a blistering squall. On certain pieces the three players work like a collective, cooperating to create propulsive masses of sound, while on others they focus on deft interaction. Adasiewicz’s resonant note clusters fill the sound field with billowing harmonies, which McBride grounds with his bass; between them they give Rempis plenty to build on. Sadly, this show is only secondarily a release party—first and foremost it’s a farewell to McBride, who’s moving back to Boston after nine years in Chicago. Wheelhouse opens for Sun Rooms, another superb trio featuring McBride, this time with Adasiewicz and drummer Mike Reed. —Peter Margasak



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