Our 4 new releases

Good news. All of our 4 new releases arrived safely and they look marvellous and sound great ! Today we shipped out all pre-orders. Thank you so much for your support, in this troubled times we’re all in your faith in our label is extremely appreciated. Be safe and enjoy the music.

OPDUVEL REVIEWS ALL 4

OPDUVEL remains one of those rare webzines dedicated to a huge variety of genres but with a great ear for the experimental and free improvised.
The webzine just reviewed all 4 new albums : RUSSELL/KEUNE/VANDERSTRAETEN – ON SUNDAY, COLIN WEBSTER & ANDREW LISLE – NEW INVENTION, RUBICON QUARTET – CROSSCURRENTS, WARD/VERHOEVEN/SERRIES/ROBERTS – IMAGINARY JUNCTiON. Check them out (in Dutch).

“De nadruk niet leggen op de uiterlijke verschijning van dingen maar op hun innerlijke betekenis. Een fascinatie voor vrije improvisatie en moderne minimal music. Combineer die zinnen, plaats er een isgelijkteken achter en zet “A New Wave of Jazz” aan de andere kant van het teken, en je hebt in grote lijnen waar het label van de Belgische gitarist Dirk Serries voor staat. Woorden van die strekking zijn dan ook terug te vinden op de bandcamp-site van het label, dat zijn muziek op cd steeds met een aantal tegelijk uitbrengt.

In dit geval betreft het een bundel van vier cd’s (die uiteraard los te verkrijgen zijn). Daarop zijn muzikanten te horen uit de kring van Belgische en Engelse improvisatoren die bekend zullen zijn bij mensen die Serries of het label volgen. Toch duiken met enige regelmaat nieuwe namen op en – belangrijker – ontdekken muzikanten nieuwe expressiemogelijkheden zodat de muziek die A New Wave of Jazz uitbrengt niet te voorspelbaar wordt. De filosofie van het label is duidelijk, maar die is niet star. Er is veel mogelijk. De vier cd’s die nu zijn verschenen, bewijzen dat.”

AMN reviews

AVANT MUSIC NEWS just reviewed TOM WARD, CATH ROBERTS, DIRK SERRIES and MARTINA VERHOEVEN’s IMAGINARY JUNCTION. Lovely. Buy here.

“There is a certain style of modern free improvisation that I will call open-space improv. This style involves not only non-repeating structures and themes, but allows the music to have generous autonomy along the sparse/dense, loud/quiet, and extended techniques axes. There is no better label for open-space recordings than Belgium’s A New Wave of Jazz, which has been putting out numerous offerings in this style for the last several years.

To that point, Imaginary Junction is a collaboration between pianist Martina Verhoeven, acoustic guitarist and label founder Dirk Serries, saxophonist Cath Roberts, and flutist / clarinetist Tom Ward. The album consists of two long improvisations recorded remotely over the Internet on July 18, 2020, with two members each in the UK and Belgium.

An immediately-recognizable feature of the tracks is how each instrumentalist offers short accentuations and micro-themes, each ostensibly disjointed from what the others are playing. And yet these contributions go together, quite easily when the playing is quiet and sporadic, but even when all four come together in a more assertive stance.

There is no dedicated percussionist, though Roberts is credited with objects while Verhoeven and Serries strike their instruments with authority. They also employ scratching and rubbing of strings. Ward and Roberts offer up breathy atmospherics. These elements combine to create a virtually continuous sense of percussion, even if the lines are shared across the group.

But the high points, to these ears at least, are when Ward, Verhoeven, and Serries are going full-bore with their loosely-structured attack, and are then joined by a loud and angular baritone sax theme from Roberts. These information-dense moments never get old.

There is a certain Zen to the aforementioned open-space improv style that involves (if not requires) simultaneous active and passive listening. On Imaginary Junction, this quartet has managed to express itself in a way that stimulates both the conscious and subconscious minds. The result is an unusual and intriguing recording that easily holds up to multiple listens.”

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Portamento

Label curator Dirk Serries shares his relentless passion for unique and wilful music on his Portamento radioshow for the Concertzender. Carefully selected, the featured music balances, like his own label, between free improvisation and minimal avant-garde. The latest episode aired yesterday evening and now streamable here.

The Jazz Police

The latest episode of Stewart Smith’s Jazz Police features a piece from Colin Webster & Andrew Lisle’s forthcoming ‘New Invention’ album. Enjoy.