COMING SOON: AR016 | Empty Castles by Spectral (Rempis/Johnston/Ochs), and AR017 | Dodecahedron by The Rempis/Daisy Duo & Guests


Ballister :

Worse For The Wear

Released January 6th, 2015 | CD | AR008

Dave Rempis – alto/tenor/baritone saxophone

Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello and electronics

Paal Nilssen-Love – drums and percussion

The fifth release by this powerful working trio in as many years shows a band once again not afraid to come out of the gate swinging.   As always, these three individual virtuosos combine their unique talents to put forth a churning mix of hard-driving grooves and well-forged power.  However, as the band has continued to work and tour together regularly for the past five years, their music continues to find new avenues of expression.  On this new recording, Worse For The Wear, Ballister’s trademark raw energy is tempered by a mix of introspective soundscapes and moments of quiet beauty that create a listening experience of great complexity.  Recorded live in Chicago during the trio’s spring 2014 U.S. Tour, this release shows a band that continues to grow, slowly and patiently, further refining its sound into a tightly structured unit of remarkable depth and richness.


1) Fornax                    21:15

2) Scutum                   10:38

3) Vulpecula              10:36


Recorded in Chicago March 28th, 2014 @ Constellation

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Dave Zuchowski

Design by Johnathan Crawford

Produced by Dave Rempis