QUARTET & QUINTET – DOUBLE VORTEX (2xCD)
The heavy-hitting quartet, John Dikeman on tenor saxophone, Dirk Serries on eletric guitar, Andrew Lisle on drums and Colin Webster on alto & baritone saxophone, comprises four long-term sparring partners on the European improvised music scene. The quartet first played together in 2015 at Café Oto, and this set was released as their debut album. The quartet followed this up in 2016 with their double LP ‘Apparitions’ on the A New Wave of Jazz label. This time they played the VORTEX JAZZ CLUB with special guest Alan Wilkinson. This double album covers that complete evening : set one is the original quartet that sets the pace, on set two they are joined by power legend Alan Wilkinson on baritone and alto saxophone. By the VORTEX CLUB owner Olivier Weindling marked as one of the loudest and most powerful concerts ever that took place at this club. So imagine this when you hear the faithful representation of both those concerts.
MARTINA VERHOEVEN & DIRK SERRIES – INNOCENT AS VIRGIN WOOD (CD)
Aside from the multiple encounters in various units, like the impromptu concert with Colin Webster at Kortrijk’s legendary Cinépalace, Fantoom (with Dead Neanderthals) or in the quintet with Luis Vicente, George Hadow and John Dikeman (forthcoming on A New Wave Of Jazz), Martina Verhoeven and Dirk Serries finally debut as a duo with this exceptional album. ‘Innocent As Virgin Wood’ refers to the purity of wood in sound, feeling and performance. Martina Verhoeven plays here the Steinway grandpiano while Dirk Serries excercises his techniques on the acoustic guitar. Fully improvised and recorded at the acoustically flawless Sunny Side Studio in Anderlecht, this album listens as one long story of deep listening and microscopic interaction. Daring, attention-span absorbing and unsettling while spacious and refined. This is by far the most challenging album on A New Wave Of Jazz to date.