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ALAN WILKINSON & DIRK SERRIES : ONE IN THE EYE
2cd

Disc One :
Upshot
One in the Eye
In the Here and Now Hobson’s Choice
The Stings of the Flesh In the Long Run
Hand over Fist
Pull the Other One

Disc Two :
HYG 1 HYG 2

Alan Wilkinson : bass clarinet, baritone and also saxophones, voice
Dirk Serries : acoustic guitars

Disc 1 : performed, recorded, mixed and mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium) on November 29th 2019.
Disc 2 : live in concert at A New Wave Of Jazz festival, Hundred Years Gallery (London, UK) on January 22nd 2020, recorded and mixed by Martin Clarke. Mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio, Anderlecht (Belgium)

Sleeve notes : Guy Peters.
Layout : Rutger Zuydervelt


“And something completely different is the double CD by label boss Dirk Serries on acoustic guitar and Alan Wilkinson on bass clarinet, baritone & alto saxophones and voice. The latter just a bit. This is from these three releases the one that is the most firmly based in free improvisation/free jazz, even more than the one by Ganga and Marogna, which seems to have a level of control and discussion. Here the discussion is the music between two players. It is quite a radical release, with things being very acoustic but with some distance, unlike Gerard’s music, which seems very close and intimate. The first contains eight studio recordings and the second a live recording from January 2020 in London. There seems to be some difference between the studio and the live approach of the duo. In the studio there is some control, some reservation perhaps and in the live situation they find it easier to go all the way, especially Wilkinson has an expressive voice here, and Serries has, at times, problems to keep up; no doubt, also because of the different volume levels that both instruments can produce. Maybe in the studio, the balance can artificially be corrected? Comparing both discs, I am slightly in favour of the studio disc, and precisely for that reason of being able to hear both instruments on a more equal level, but also because of the
variation in approaches here, ranging from wild to intimate and chaotic to almost structured, with both players having excellent control over their respective instruments.” Vital Weekly – The Netherlands