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Mats Gustafsson

Mats Gustafsson was born 1964 in Umeå, is a Swedish saxophone player and a stalwart on the Scandinavian free jazz scene. He first came to the attention of lovers of improvised music as part of a duo with Christian Munthe in 1986 and the band Gush. He has later played widely with musicians such as Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, Paul Lovens, Barry Guy and Derek Bailey. Since the early 1990s, Mats Gustafsson has been a regular visitor to the U.S., forming a particular affinity with Chicago musicians such as Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang and Ken Vandermark and recording for the city’s OkkaDisk label.

In addition to projects with musicians, Mats Gustafsson has worked extensively with artists from the worlds of dance, theatre, poetry and painting.

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Sabu Toyozumi / Mats Gustafsson: Hokusai

Read "Hokusai" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This tantalizing duo between Mats Gustafsson and Sabu Toyozumi was recorded at two live concerts in Chiba, Japan in 2018. Probably most listeners are familiar with the Swedish saxophonist from his avant--garage trio The Thing with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love and dozens of other ensembles including Fire! Orchestra, The End, and Cuts with Masami ...

Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results)

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Duck Walks Dog; Mixed Results Part I; Mixed Results Part II.

She Knows...

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2020
Track listing: To Bring You My Love; The Thing; Baby Talk; Kathelin Gray; Going Home; For Real; Old Eyes.

Hokusai

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sunflower; Woman with A Cat; Manga By Hokusai; Red View Of Mt. Fuji; For Ever-Advancing Artistry.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balázs Pándi: Cuts Open

Read "Cuts Open" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Calling Cuts Open by Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Mats Gustafsson and Balázs Pándi their sotto voce record would be like saying you received a love tap from Mike Tyson. This is the trio's fifth release, following the inaugural Cuts (RareNoise Records, 2013), Live In Tabačka 13/04/12 (Tabačka Records, 2015) and two sessions with the addition of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Albert Ayler: Albert Ayler 1965: Spirits Rejoice & Bells Revisited

Read "Albert Ayler 1965: Spirits Rejoice & Bells Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Being that 2020 is more than half a century since Albert Ayler (1936-70) recorded this music, the best way to approach might be through what the Zen Buddhists call Shoshin. Roughly translated as “beginner's mind," or the ability to experience things as if for the first time. Since we cannot transport ourselves back to 1965, taking ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Irabagon: I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox

Read "I Don't Hear Nothin' But The Blues Volume 3: Anatomical Snuffbox" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In season two of the classic British TV comedy Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese plays an architect making a presentation to a committee assembled to build an apartment complex. His design has “classical neo-Georgian features" with “tenants arriving in the entrance hall...carried along corridors on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort...towards the rotating knives. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Thing with Joe McPhee: She Knows...

Read "She Knows..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

After nearly three dozen releases over seventeen years, it was announced in 2019 that the trio The Thing would be on a hiatus from touring and recording. This garage punk jazz trio has carried the flame of Black Flag's get-in-the-van philosophy, traveling and recording with the likes of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Otomo Yoshihide, Neneh Cherry, ...

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DUX Orchestra: Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results)

Read "Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results)" reviewed by John Sharpe

The cover of the 1994 archival recording Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results) by the DUX Orchestra presents an intriguing line up which combines American free jazzers with Swedish baritone saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Even within the New York City contingent there is diversity, as veteran stickman Walter Perkins (who played with Sonny Rollins, Roland Kirk and ...


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