A companion piece to last years 'Night Realms', the trio of guitarist Dirk Serries, saxophonist John Dikeman and drummer Rene Aquarius return to Tombed Visions with another assaulting, 40 plus minute set of sustained fire music glory. Beginning with a dawn like guitar loop, 'Day Realms' opens like a crest of sunlight rolling across on a malevolent sea, the waves rippling and boiling with tension. Dirk Serries is at his most burstingly melodic, his guitar singing in rich hues of sun burnt colour. Rene Aquarius thundering percussion rests most of its attack on the cymbals, creating a shimmering sea of metal when he isn't bombastically gutting the sound with pounding rolls that Serries and Dikeman cry in response too, drowning under the waves. John Dikeman, when not wailing into his saxophone like a wounded banshee, smatters the sounds with some of his most keeningly beautiful playing I've yet to hear. 'Day Realms' has moments of the sustained menace of its predecessor, but its the dynamics the trio have begun to explore on this record; space, soloist runs and creating moments for each other to share their individual voices that really must ensure that these cats keep making this music together, the development in sound so huge. A soul stirrer, no fucking doubt and an essential slice of modern European Free Jazz. As a added bonus for the Tombed Visions faithful, 'Night Realms' is included on Side B of this glorious, glorious tape!
"Last year appeared on the English Tombed Visions Records the Night Realms cassette of John Dikeman (tenor saxophone), Dirk Serries (guitar) and René Aquarius (drums). It involved a 14th March 2015 concert in a concert at Kunstgroep De Compagnie te Veghel, fully improvised piece that drew drone, ambient and freejazz, and that sublime attention lasted forty minutes.
It seems that the three men do not play in trio bands often, but more than a year after the tape appears, the musicians speak again, using the same label and again on the tape. Day Realms is called improvisation eleven days after the concert in Veghel in Kinky Star in Ghent, which is more or less the counterpart of Night Realms . In both pieces, the strong sides of Dikeman, Serries and Aquarius emerge, but the pieces are different from construction, and the musicians' game is also different.
The most noticeable is John Dikeman's remarkably sensible and melodious game, yet known as a saxophonist who does not turn his hand to produce a portion of his entire solo. These hard-haired days are on Day Realms , but they are dosed and fairly sparing. Serries finds a good middle way between free jazz game and the ambient and dronetrain he has explored for years. That site explored Aquarius on his solo CD released last year. His role seems to have increased over Night Realms , with the full sound of his drum kit rising.
Serries does not open with a drone but with free play and that sounds strikingly bright at the start of the game. It goes with loud sounds. Aquarius's strings gently rub, until Dikeman invades quietly and melodically, and the drummer moves more with the cymbals and bass drums, which are remarkably dark and powerful. Soon, Dikeman switches to his familiar aggressive giggling game, but the aggression is quickly muted, and then swallowed again. Aquarius plays fast, his footwork is phenomenal, and Serries and Dikeman play through each other in a furious part of the piece.
After ten minutes, the full bowl of all three musicians, with the guitar noises especially It's not Dikeman but Serries who cares for the most musical violence, supported by the thundering drums of the very busy Aquarius. Dikeman's scissors do not go so much in this phase, but goes on to the fury created by the two other musicians. The climax is around the thirteenth minute, after which Aquarius is lounging with cymbals, intermittently interrupted by hard battles on toms and bass drums. Serries accompanies counterparts and slowly but surely takes over. Dikeman is the man who emphasizes the gems; Serries and Aquarius are the pacemakers.
After about eighteen minutes, the Dikemans turn for a long solo with a lot of feeling and melody. As a listener, you always have the feeling that the outburst of violence must still come. However, he maintains it for the most part, subtly, and emphasizes his nice sense of melody. Aquarius accompanies rolling game on the toms, which he plays with mallets. Serries is now the one who places on limited volume accents and produces a drone later. Those in intensity increasing dreams and impending drums work hypnotic, while Dikeman blows the stars of heaven.
By half an hour the center of gravity is shifted. Aquarius is lounging with roaring cymbals and is still rolling game on the toms and bass drums. The constant drone has disappeared and Serries is now playing with motion. That game also has a hypnotic effect and it also raises stress. Dikeman again remarkably melodies, with much emotion in his game, in this quiet part of the play. Aquarius goes from his game as a hunter to putting on accents. Dikeman remains in his lyrical mood. Not until the end, when Serries almost unnoticed once again, the saxophonist got rid of poison, what Aquarius is the sign for wildlife around him too. If Serries again is on standby noise, the witch boiler is complete. What a climax!
The second set of trio Dikeman Serries Aquarius , which is recorded on the sound carrier, is in no hurry for Night Realms released last year , which can be found on side B of the cassette. So you get two beautiful pieces of free improvisation for the price of one. Both pieces sound exciting, animated and intense. Adventurous music of three admired musicians. Beautiful."
released July 28, 2017
John Dikeman - Tenor Saxophone
Dirk Serries - Guitar
René Aquarius - Drums
Day Realms was recorded live on March 25 2015
at Kinky Star, Ghent, Belgium
Engineered By Dirk Serries
Mixed and Mastered by Marlon Wolterink
at White Noise Studio, Winterswijk, The Netherlands
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