Paal Nilssen-Love/ Mats Gustafsson: I Love It When You Snore (2003)
There’s a very strange dynamic created between his baritone sax, which he plays exclusively throughout this recording, and Nilssen-Love’s rolling, percussion explorations. They’re both working a particularly unemotional space here, focusing on creating more intellectually challenging soundscapes. Sometimes they seem to be channeling the most abstract, beatless electronica through their warmer, acoustic instruments, played by human hands and minds instead of laptop computers. Their stutter-step improvisations demand your undivided attention, and they will reward it too. But this is definitely not background music.
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This review originally appeared in All About Jazz: Los Angeles .
Track Listing: I love it, Come he closer, Face make, Lightning bug, Shake off, Snarcus brutalis, When you snore
Personnel: Paal Nilssen-Love- percussion; Mats Gustafsson- baritone saxophone
Record Label: Smalltown Supersound
Style: Modern Jazz