Universal Indians

The band:

  • John Dikeman (saxophones),
  • Jon Rune Strom (double bass),
  • Tollef Østvang (percussion),
  • Featured guest: Joe McPhee.

Universal Indians

Photo by Carsten Sorensen

Universal Indians with Joe McPhee posterUniversal Indians is a trio comprised of Amsterdam-based, American saxophonist John Dikeman and the resourceful and powerful rhythm section of Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang; both also manage Stone Floor Records.

This trio presents its own definition of contemporary freely improvised jazz: muscular, passionate, raw and intense music created on the spot, with no distinct leader and with tight, immediate and supportive interplay. Although informed by formative free jazz artists such as pianist Cecil Taylor, saxophonists John Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Peter Brotzmann, they demonstrate clear, independent voices of their own.