1982 is a Norwegian improvisational trio – freaturing Erik Johannessen of Jaga Jazzist (which is what got me to prick my ears up) – and A/B is their forth record – the first track, what would be the side A of A/B, is one long piece of improvisation taken from the sessions of an earlier album, an outtake. It’s beautiful – gliding through John Zorn film score-like passages and from a slow opening we move through pastoral clarinet and stately horns to eerie and alarming pieces of noir-ish film score cues, the fluttering and spit of flue and clarinet and some deep, stirring use of the tenor horn against scrapes of violin.
The remaining five pieces – all much shorter in length – create the side B of A/B. Here we have playful use of percussion and some spirited “dance” between the drums and violin, there are downbeat organic grooves one minute and the collision of throat singing against violin the next.
It’s all lovely – sometimes quite funny, often breath-taking and there are some strange and eerie moments too. It suggests that the trio (with a couple of friends sitting in on some of the new pieces) would have a future in the film soundtrack world or in composing and playing live for theatre or interpretive dance or silent cinema.
A captivating record this. I’m so glad I found it.