Sunday, June 29, 2014

DETAIL - Johnny Dyani/Frode Gjerstad/ John Stevens – Backwards And Forwards - First Detail (1982-85)

Label: Impetus Records – IMP CD 18203
Format: CD, Album, Reissue; Country: UK - Released: 2000
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Staccato Studios, Stavanger, Norway on 11th October 1982
Track C previously unreleased, recorded in 1985, no other details.
Original cover artwork (front cover reproduced above) 1 2 NO 1 by John Stevens
Original LP design by Fay Stevens
Engeneer By – Kjell Arne Jensen

The free jazz group Detail, co-founded by Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad and British drummer John Stevens, was most often a trio. In the beginning the third member was Norwegian pianist Eivin One Pedersen. Pedersen left shortly after bassist Johnny Dyani joined. After Dyani's death in 1986, Kent Carter took over as bassist. Detail continued performing and recording until Stevens' death in 1994. The group's seven recordings were released on Impetus, Cadence, and Gjerstad's label, Circulasione Totale.

Frode Gjerstad is one of the few Norwegian musicians playing modern improvised music outside the 'ECM-school'. He has chosen to play with foreign musicians because there is no tradition in Norway for free improvised music.

His relationship with John Stevens which started in 1981 and lasted up until Stevens' death in 1994 was of great importance both musically as well as on a personal level. Through Stevens, he became acquainted with the playing of some of the finest British improvisers. His longstanding group with Stevens, 'Detail', started as a trio in 1981 with keyboardist Eivin One Pedersen, though Johnny Mbizo Dyani came in on bass in 1982 and Pedersen left later that year. The group played mainly as a trio until Dyani's death in 1986, though they did invite occasional guests to fill out the lineup; they undertook a tour of Britain in 1986 as a quartet with Bobby Bradford on cornet. Bradford did another tour with Detail with Paul Rogers on bass and then one with Kent Carter on bass; a quartet tour of Norway was organised with Billy Bang in 1989. The group then continued as a trio with Carter till 1994 when Stevens died.
_ By Joslyn Layne, Rovi

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  2. "...outside of the ECM school." Well said. Thanks, Vitko!

  3. This blog introduced me to the great Frode Gjerstad. A great player and he definitely knows how to choose his partners. Thank you Vitko.

  4. any chance of a re up on this one? thank you for mind bending rarities.

  5. Hey Vitko the great, can you please reupload this franchise. Ireally like this guy, and the fact that that he's got one of my own... Mbizo Jiyani. Thanks in advance

    1. Just a little patience, please. It will be soon!

  6. Yes a reup would be great. Can't wait to get my ears plugged tuned-to this one ...