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Rhythm and drum

There's something fearless about saxophone players -- like Dave Rempis -- who decide they need two drummers.

For example, when John Coltrane, just before his death, suddenly thought that Elvin Jones' dense, thundering, polyrhythmic barrages weren't enough for him and hired Rashid Ali, too, the world of jazz suddenly had a new sound to contend with. Not even Ornette Coleman's double quartet was sufficient preparation for that.

When alto, tenor and baritone saxophonist Rempis formed his Rempis Percussion Quartet, the name of its upcoming May CD undoubtedly tells you something: "Rip, Tear, Crunch." At the same time, the Chicago band is capable of all manner of new jazz.

Excitement is a given.

Hardy listeners will discover just how varied they are at 8 p.m. Tuesday when Rempis' group -- saxophonist, bassist and two drummers -- visit Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Ave. General admission is $10, $8 for members, senior citizens and students.

-- Jeff Simon

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