The first detail you must realize is this: all the musicians on this record are Norwegian free jazz musicians, and this is a free jazz album. It features organs and saxophones and wild music in general. These guys don’t just have a good eye for detail. They are Detail, and this is First Detail.
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I think we've always had a problem with jazz at work even now neither "Classics" Brett or Scandophile Mike no longer continue to perish within our decaying walls of chaos and strife. The two directors and Clint hate most of it, but the rest or most tolerant to various degrees.
Problem is me being a slightly feckless man-child it's difficult for me to articulate such obviously complex and academically-attuned music in terms that any Jazbo would admire or take note of. It's either too wanky and annoying, too whimsical, too cheesy or from the other free-jazz stable too raucous and demented.. But then some days I adore the full-on Finnish super-skronk or a spot of classic Steve Reid at his most vibrant and god-like. Then there's this middle ground of mesmerising, sensual, slightly spiritual stuff that teases you. 'This is The', First Detail's epic opener from the three-pronged Detail specialises in that without losing its gradually unfurling avant-edge. Drums deliciously tumble, a piano sings and clunks, and sax, bass clarinet and alto flute vie for attention. I think it gets a bit madder as it goes on for nearly 25 minutes.
It certainly gets a lot more mental as the album proceeds but somehow retains the smoky vibe within the berserk 'non-confines' of shorter centrepiece 'First Version' but I must confess I am loving the insanity here right now. This stuff must be jaw dropping to observe live. I know it's not everyone's thing but in the right frame of mind, this music will wipe your brain free of any trace of concern. Except for the mental health of the players. Closer 'Of Detail' gets progressively more ecstatic and unhinged as it builds which leads me to state that despite my occasional grump at jazz's excesses when in the wrong frame of mind, First Detail' is a grand and epic piece of Scandinavian free/bloody mindedness and deserves a right big round of applause.
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