Triage (5)

Triage was active from 1999 until 2005. Initially conceived by Dave Rempis on saxophones, with Jason Ajemian on bass and Tim Daisy on drums, the group was key to defining the sound of a new generation of Chicago improvisers. With regular work at Chicago venues such as the Empty Bottle, the Velvet Lounge, 3030, the Hothouse, the Nervous Center, and the Hungry Brain, the group fine-tuned their approach to a music which is still undergoing a great renaissance in this city. They also toured extensively in the US, completing four lengthy tours in as many years, with an inaugural tour of Europe in November of 2004. With such frequent performances, the band established itself as one of the few working groups in an era of “project” bands.

As a trio, these three combine to create wide-ranging forms of musical expression. Performing original compositions almost exclusively, the band moves through quiet textural pieces, grooving jazz-oriented tunes, and wailing, expressionistic romps with equal ability. Using these compositions as a springboard for their improvisations, they manage to combine the rhythmic sensibilities of the American jazz and free jazz tradition with the more abstract spaces frequently associated with European improvisers. The reconstitution of stylistic elements from these disparate traditions sheds light on both of them in a unique and powerful way.

The band made five records. Their self-titled, self-released debut was recorded in the fall of 1999. Other releases include Premium Plastics, (August 2001:Solitaire Records), Twenty Minute Cliff, (May 2003:Okkadisk) and American Mythology (September 2004:Okkadisk). Stagger (June 2005: Utech Records).



SR003 Triage (5) - Premium Plastics album art Triage (5) Premium Plastics(CD, Album) Solitaire Records (3) SR003 US 2001 Sell This Version
OD12045 Triage (5) - Twenty Minute Cliff album art Triage (5) Twenty Minute Cliff(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12045 US 2003 Sell This Version
OD12052 Triage (5) - American Mythology album art Triage (5) American Mythology(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12052 US 2005 Sell This Version
UR-031 Triage (5) - Stagger album art Triage (5) Stagger(2xCDr, Ltd, Num) Utech Records UR-031 US 2006 Sell This Version
none Triage (5) - Live At The Velvet Lounge album art Triage (5) Live At The Velvet Lounge(3xFile, WAV, Album) Aerophonic Records none US 2020