Sweden/Norway’s THE THING

THE THING  (Sweden – Norway)

Mats Gustafsson-Sax (Sweden)

Ingergbrigt Haker Flaten-Bass (Norway)

Paal Nilssen-Love-Drums  (Norway) 


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Notorious Intergalactic Road Masters of Free Jazz, under the consistent sponsorship of Ruby’s BBQ (Austin, TX), once again blister through whistlestop YYZ, enroute to Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. They hit Toronto immediately on the heels of a Canadian Tour kickstart at the Windsor Hotel in Winnipeg, then venture to be joined by Thurston Moore in Victo on Saturday. They should be well forged!

When the trio started out in the spring of 2000, the book contained mainly tunes by Don Cherry, hence the group’s name. Since Joe McPhee’s participation, the Thing’s repertoire has included other free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe, and Norman Howard. Also, the group’s enthusiasm towards rock music is heard when they play ‘To Bring You My Love’ by PJ Harvey on the second CD. Today, the book has expanded to include tunes by The White Stripes, The Sonics, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Thing has performed with Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, Peter Evans, and Neneh Cherry. Through groups like Gush, AALY trio, and Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet, Mats Gustafsson has established himself as a very powerful player, and has somewhat reinvented the way of playing the saxophone. In 2011, he received the Nordic Council Music Prize: the greatest acknowledgement for a musician in the Nordic countries. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway’s heaviest rhythm-section. Since their long-time collaboration started in 1992, they have been working together in several groups, like School Days

with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group, Atomic.

‘Tapping into rock’s most primal forces with the fire and fury that’s something to behold.’ Mojo

‘The Thing converts nouveau punk and vintage garage-rock into a roaring scream-up, but the sheer energy and love of the music keep gimmickry at bay.’ Uncut

‘Absurdly cool.’ DJ Magazine


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