A little taste:
I met Eivin One (oohne) Pedersen in the early fall of 1975. He was 19 and I was 27. We started playing gigs around Stavanger, where we both lived, with our band ”Ida Lupino” and then gradually around Norway. In -79 we did a 25 gig tour of Norway and at that time we had two Swedes in the band when we started the tour: bassist Bruno Råberg and drummer Leffe Fredriksson. After a break in the middle of the tour Bruno never came back and we continued as a trio. This opened up the music very much and we never looked back!
We also did some duo performances during that time.
Me and Eivin One before going to the Molde festival -82
But it was not until December 1981 when we invited John Stevens to come to Stavanger, that the music really became serious. John inspired us and also showed us a way through his playing.
John, Eivin One and I. July -82
After we did the concert in -81, we sat down and talked and John said he would like to continue playing. But he wanted a bassplayer. When we asked who, he said: ”let´s get the best – Johnny Mbizo Dyani”. I had seen him with Mongezi Feza and Okai Temitz so I knew he was a very good player. And I also had met him at the Montmartre Club in Copenhagen around -73 when I was living in Lund, Sweden. I had met Don Cherry via a friend on the boat from Malmø to Copenhagen on my way to Montmartre and he introduced me to Johnny, saying ” He plays tenor”. Johnny wanted me to come to Stockholm to play with him, Okay and Mongezi. But I never did. I was scared and felt I was not ready for such heavyweight matching.
Johnny Mbizo Dyani, July -82
We invited Johnny and he said yes. We did a tour of Norway as a quartet in March -82. The first gig was terrible, I was very nervous and I wanted to og home right after the gig, but after a long talk with John, we continued and gradually, the music came together in a very nice way.
Me, Eivin One, John and Johnny, July -82: DETAIL
In the summer of 1982, we met again and played at the Molde Jazz Festival and we toured again in October of 1982.
This recording is the first gig we did on our last tour as a quartet. Johnny, however, could not play the first gig , so we did it as a trio. This recording, allthough it´s the third time we played as a trio, shows the original sound of the group that became Detail.
The following day, we played at the legendary Club 7 in Oslo on a double bill with Arild Andersens Maqualero group. Lots of people and a nice room.
The soundman made us a cassette recording of the concert. It will be released in 2015.
It´s the only recorded excemple of Detail as a quartet. The sound quality is also quite good!
At the end of the tour, after our last concert at Kongsberg, we started to talk and ended up with Eivin One getting upset and leaving the group. Two days later, we had booked a studio in Stavanger to make our first recording which we did. Kjell Arne Jensen recorded us direct to two tracks and two LPs came out after the two days in the studio: ”Backwards and Forwards”, released on Impetus in -83 and ”Okhela” on Affinity in -84.This picture was John´s idea. He wanted us to look like “Ornette at the Golden Circle” LP…John, Johnny and I -83
It was the first time we played together as a trio. Those two albums presented Detail as a trio to an international audince. But there was a story before the trio and I am very happy to have this new album out as it represent a very important musical step and is therefore part of the history of Detail. And so is the quartet recording.
I also found a 3-set concert recording from Stavanger with John and Johnny from -83 and I would like this musci also to be released in 2015.
I have been sitting on these tapes for a long time. The truth is, I have not been able to listen to the recordings because there were so many feelings involved. There was the problems between Einin One and I (we were like a couple: love and hate went hand in hand) and then there was the death of first Johnny in -86 and then John in -94.
Eivin One and I, in Molde -82.
When Eivin One died in February of 2012, I said to myself I just had to go through all the tapes. I wanted to see if I could release something which would show the world what a great keyboardist Eivin One was. But it was not until the summer of 2014 that I did it. When I finallyd did it, the music surprised me a lot because it was much stronger than I thought it was. When I tried listening before, I always felt my own playing was not much, but now I can listen to the whole band and not focus on my own playing. Which makes for a big difference.
Eivin One was a very good and close friend. We had our problems. But often a good cup of coffee would resolve whatever the problem was. He was a very talented musician. He wrote music for theatre, for films and cabaret. But he also loved to play and improvise. In his later years he moved more and more towards the accordeon. We did four recordings where he only played accordeon: ”Dreams in Dreams”, ”Live in the UK” and ”the Walk” on FMR records and ”From Cafe Sting” on Loosetorque.
First Detail is in memory of two good friends. Thanks to Rune for releasing the music.