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Andrew Cheetham, Alan Wilkinson

The Vortex of Past Time

Label: A New Wave Of Jazz

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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**300 copies** "And there is an abundance of material displayed here, as Andrew Cheetham and Alan Wilkinson combine impressive technical prowess, dynamics and imagination into a whole that combines physicality with thoughtfulness, tumult with intimacy. A musical performance remains the ideal way to deal with the impermanence of everything, and this album makes an excellent case." Guy Peters

"Percussionist Cheetham and reedist Wilkinson, veteran improvisers of the UK scene, collaborate here on four tracks of dense explorations. Ostensibly “free jazz”, the album features the push and pull of that rough genre between creativity and control. Wilkinson trades off saxes and clarinet (but mostly saxes), and has a wailing, punctuated style with rich textures and colors. Cheetham is busy on and off the drum kit, bringing into the fore various objects to generate multi-rhythmic and arhythmic rattlings. Across four tracks (two of which are in the 20-minute range), Wilkinson provides rolling lines and oscillations with staccato bursts. This combines well with Cheetham’s aggressive cymbal-work. But when not going all out, this duo slows things down to a more atmospheric level with distorted drones over unstructured drum patterns, and the occasional tortured vocalizations from Wilkinson. This is very much a 'live in the studio' recording that could have easily passed as a live performance.” - Avant Music News

Andrew Cheetham: drums
Alan Wilkinson: alto and baritone sax, bass clarinet, voice

Recorded & mixed at Queen's Ark Audio, Manchester by Karl Sveinsson on 25th April 2017. Mastered by Alex Ward in London in January 2019. Title taken from the novel 'Austerlitz' by W. G. Sebald.

Cat. number: NWOJ028
Year: 2020

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