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by Mark Corroto
If we were to go searching for saxophonist John Dikeman's spirit animal, we might have to bypass beast for sapien. Let's just say his spirit animal is the father of punk, Iggy Pop. Like early music by The Stooges, Dikeman's sound makes reference to the music of both Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. It's a shame we cannot go back in time (he was born in 1983) to substitute Dikeman for saxophonist Steven Mackay on Fun House (Elektra, 1970). The ...read more
by John Sharpe
Amsterdam-domiciled American saxophonist John Dikeman and Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente have become regular collaborators, although the only prior evidence on disc is their first meeting in Twenty One 4tet's Live At Zaal 100 (Not Two, 2016). For the limited edition LP Salão Brazil they have enlisted two of the brassman's countrymen in Belgian-based bassist Hugo Antunes (who may be familiar from some outstanding alliances with trumpeter Nate Wooley) and in demand drummer Gabriel Ferrandini from the RED Trio and Rodrigo ...read more
by John Sharpe
The moniker Twenty One 4tet represents a summit of cosmopolitan international improvisers gathering in Amsterdam . On the face of it there's not a lot of connection between peripatetic American saxophonist John Dikeman's Ayler-inspired tirades and Portuguese trumpeter Luis Vicente's thoughtful chamber explorations, but the outcome suggests much more of a meeting of minds than might have been anticipated. The glue binding them together, in a program of four collective inventions excerpted from live performance, emanates from the experienced pairing ...read more