|"The name of Dave Rempis's latest group is fair warning: never before has the saxophonist led a band that hit this hard." |
- Bill Meyer, CHICAGO READER
"...one of the most exciting albums of the year....(Rempis) understands the power of controlled freedom in music, so that this music, even in its wildest moments, retains a sense of order."
- Marc Meyers, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Dave Rempis proves himself to be a strong leader and his playing is, as always, powerfully enjoyable. All of these men are pillars of the underground Chicago jazz/improv scene (members of the Vandermark 5, Triage, Chicago-Lucerne Exchange, etc.) but it’s in this configuration that their prodigious talents are best expressed. Needless to say, this is a fantastic record, the record all fans of these fantastic musicians have been waiting for."
- Justin Glick, WNUR
"A smoldering session encompassing sound worlds beyond the throttling workouts one would expect from the album's title, Rip Tear Crunch contains subtle shadings and moments of introspective calm."
- Troy Collins, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"You don’t have to be a fan of drums for this record to click; rather, The Rempis Percussion Quartet surprises on this compelling set of five compositions that demonstrate that there is more up Rempis’ and his cohorts sleeves than just a bunch of free jazz bashing."
- Jay Collins, CADENCE
"The Rempis Percussion Quartet’s tremendously propulsive Afrobeat grooves, unending swing, and even breathtakingly quiet moments seem to draw from a bottomless well of energy."
- Matthew Lurie, TIMEOUT CHICAGO
"RPQ’s sound - despite the free-improv underpinnings and frequent exploratory forays - retains a surprising accessibility, offering seductive lines that reel the listener in even as the landscape becomes increasingly unfamiliar."
- Jonathan Frey, THE KNOXVILLE VOICE
"Rempis covers all the bases, getting down and dirty on baritone, preaching on tenor, but still skronking and squealing as the moment demands. Hatwich’s bass alternates between roles as a free agent - providing commentary - and the anchoring to freer flights of fancy. When drums, bass and saxophone lock onto a riff, they don’t let go, constituting a unit of fearsome power."
- John Sharpe, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Spacing is what makes this quartet thrive, as its playful approach is best felt in the balanced transitions. The harmonic shadings twist and bend, but it’s the way the band allows tension to fester - during (almost) quiet, contemplative moments - that really allows this kind of free jazz to grow."
- Otis Taylor, THE COLUMBIA STATE
"After last year’s highly-touted Rip Tear Crunch, Dave Rempis and his dual-percussionist quartet had set the bar extremely high, churning out a critically praised and emotionally charged level of intensity. One year later, Hunter-Gathers, part of 482 Music’s Document Chicago series, has proven that the Rempis Percussion Quartet is one of the most "now" groups in the scene today."
- Michael Sczajewski, WNUR-FM
"It's clear that this is a band which has allowed itself the time and space to develop as a unit, and the music is accordingly happening on a deeply profound level ...the strengths and musical inclinations of the members have become symbiotic."
- Nic Jones, ALL ABOUT JAZZ