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on 21 October 2011
I was drawn to this by Richard Williams's enthusiasm for The Necks in his book on Kind of Blue. I took a deep breath and invested in this. So what do you get?
A 67 minute improvisation by three guys on piano, bass and drums - in other words a jazz trio. But this isn't trio jazz, it's wholly improvised. Nor is it typical improvised music; it develops/evolves very slowly in front of your ears - no scribbling or trying to drown out the competition, its certainly not Brötzmann for instance (and I like his music). The effect is reminiscent of Terry Riley's In C but with more sense of development (and in the case of this album, less sense of rhythm; there are sections where the metre is much more implied than in your face). The music rises and falls over the 67 minutes in a remarkably organic way.
This music must be extraordinarily demanding to play; the level of concentration these guys must work at is, to me anyway, a little intimidating. There is nowhere to hide, no place for finger flapping. Listening to it as a whole is also demanding - but more because of the duration than the music itself; over longish periods little happens before it starts to mutate into the next shape. Its easy to understand Eno's liking for The Necks.
Do I like it? In the period since it appeared on the doormat I've played nothing else - a very unusual occurrence. It truly is a beautiful piece of music, breathtakingly so.
Will I buy more? You bet.
Would I recommend it? Absolutely.