Home » Jazz Articles » Mats Gustafsson

Jazz Articles about Mats Gustafsson

Album Review

Gush: Afro Blue

Read "Afro Blue" reviewed by John Sharpe

Time brings perspective. The three members of the Swedish band Gush--pianist Sten Sandell, drummer Raymond Strid and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson--were amazed at the quality of the music on this archive tape when they heard it again a quarter century after it was recorded, having forgotten about it completely in the interim. And they are right to be taken aback. The recording, from a concert in Stockholm in December 1998, is simply magnificent. This is unsurprising in retrospect, as all three ...

Album Review

Fire!: Testament

Read "Testament" reviewed by Chris May

Recorded and then played back at reduced speed, even a seemingly simple two-note bird call reveals elaborate complexity and detail. It is worth hanging on to that thought when approaching the deceptively straightforward Testament. On a cursory listening, most of the album--an amalgam of Mats Gustafsson's slow-and-deliberate long-held low-end baritone notes and Johan Berthling and Andreas Werlin's matching bass ostinatos and drum patterns--sounds primordial. The recipe goes reductio ad absurdum on track two, “The Dark Inside Of A ...

Album Review

Mats Gustafsson: Hidros 9 Mirrors

Read "Hidros 9 Mirrors" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For saxophonist, composer, conductor Mats Gustafsson, the motto “go big, or go home" has always applied to his music. Whether it is blowing his baritone saxophone in the avant garage band The Thing or battling the Japanese noise artist Merzbow, Gustafsson is constantly expanding concepts of composed and improvised music. Through various ensembles such as Gush, Fire! Orchestra, Swedish azz, Fake The Facts, AALY Trio, Sonore, and his duos with everyone from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, to Steve Swell, Christian ...

Album Review

Bengt "Frippe" Nordström: Vinyl Box

Read "Vinyl Box" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes an artist can tilt the axis of a genre. Tilt it by just a degree or two. The effects might not be felt as such in the moment, but after decades their imprint is profound. Peter Brötzmann was one example, as was Derek Bailey. Add to that list, the Swedish saxophonist Bengt “Frippe" Nordström (1936 to 2000). As a musician born into a family with wealth, he was spared the necessity of playing gigs to earn his livelihood. In ...

Live Review

Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2023

Read "Brda Contemporary Music Festival 2023" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Medana, Slovenia Brda Contemporary Music Festival Sala Cinematografica Medana 14-16.9.2023 Giunto alla sua tredicesima edizione, il Brda Contemporary Music Festival ha, se pur di poco, cambiato sede --dal pittoresco borgo di Smartno al vicinissimo paesino di Medana, sempre su una delle meravigliose alture del Collio sloveno --ma ha conservato lo spirito e il clima, che ne fanno una rassegna a dir poco unica nell'attuale panorama musicale. Anche quest'anno, infatti, il festival voluto e diretto ...

Live Review

Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2023

Read "Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2023" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige 2023 Bolzano e provincia Varie sedi 30.06--09.07.2023 Superati i quarant'anni di vita, il festival bolzanino è giunto ad un nuovo giro di boa. Dopo una casuale anteprima nel 1982 su un'idea di Nicola Ciardi, con un memorabile concerto del trio Codona all'interno di Bolzano Estate, fu l'anno successivo che partì “Jazz Summer," il festival vero e proprio sempre sotto la direzione artistica di Ciardi. Gli anni 2000 portarono alla denominazione “Jazz ...

Album Review

The End: Why Do You Mourn

Read "Why Do You Mourn" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Why Do You Mourn is the third release by the Swedish/Norwegian group The End. Ethiopian-born Swedish vocalist Sofia Jernberg is backed by the double reedists Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, Fire! and Fire! Orchestra) and Kjetil Møster (Gard Nilssen's Supersonic Orchestra, Møster!, and Zanussi Five), plus guitarist Anders Hana (Circulasione Totale Orchestra) and drummer Børge Fjordheim. It follows two releases on the RareNoise Records label, Allt Är Intet (2020) and Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen (2018). The sounds resemble ...


Contest Giveaways
Enter our latest contest giveaway sponsored by Justin Time Records
Polls & Surveys
Vote for your favorite musicians and participate in our brief surveys.
Publisher's Desk
Musician Tip: Your Thumbnail Photo
Read on...

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.