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Wheelhouse :

Boss Of The Plains

Released June 11th, 2013 | CD | AR-002

Dave Rempis – alto/baritone saxophone
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Nate McBride – bass

Wheelhouse was formed in the summer of 2005, when bassist Nate McBride relocated to Chicago from Boston, and was looking for some similarly-minded musicians with whom to work.  Having previously met Rempis during the saxophonist’s visits home to Boston, he approached him with the idea of starting a band together.  Rempis recommended up-and-coming vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, who has gone on to become one of the most noted voices in the Chicago improvised music scene.  Originally, the band’s collaborative approach focused on playing each other’s compositions, but the trio moved away from that tack in 2008, pursuing a free-improvised approach instead. The slow simmer of their development over many years has allowed for an almost telepathic empathy between these players.  All notable soloists and leaders on their own, in this context they pursue a more group-oriented sound where a leader emerges and retracts in unpredictable ways. Additionally, the lack of a drummer provides more sonic space and exposes many of the melodic and harmonic interactions that arise in the group, providing a setting that can move from passages that are remarkably austere, to ones that are highly energetic and dense. Boss of the Plains, their first studio recording, was recorded by the band itself in Adasiewicz’s attic in October of 2010, with the same laid-back approach they’ve taken as a band for many years.  This long overdue document showcases the slow-cooked development of an improvising chamber group that occupies a distinct niche within the Chicago music scene.



Song Sex Part 1                      4:13

Song Hate                                5:08

Song For                                   2:50

Song Juan                                 6:06

Song  For Teens                  11:13

Song Heaven                          6:03

Song Fife                                  2:26

Song A-Team                          2:55

Song Sex Part 2                    9:39

Song Tree                                2:39



Recorded October 9th, 2010 in Chicago @ Izzy’s Palace

Mixed and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service

Design by Johnathan Crawford