"Bengt is a solo recording by Mats Gustafsson and is dedicated to Bengt Nordström. Mats Gustafsson plays a plastic alto sax. A classic Grafton sax. The type of sax that was used by Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and Bengt Nordström. Nordström is best known having produced Albert Ayler´s first recording Something Different!!!!!! on his Bird Note imprint. It is in his own role as a sax player Bengt was truly inventive. Bengt was playing solo sax improvisation already in 1962 (!!!) Nordström mentored Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson in addition to playing in a quartet with drummer Peter Uuskyla, bassist Bjorn Ålke, and violinist Lars Svantesson. Nordström died in 2000 at age 63. Bengt is a celebration of the music and the man behind it. On this record you might not hear the Gustafsson you are used to, but this is the real Mats. "
The Education Of Lars Jerry
"Swedish horn blower Mats Gustafsson's forte is his unique ability to accommodate large, bellowing horn gusts and devilishly intricate microhorn chatter within the space of a single phrase. This technique, which allows a tsunami of sound to be answered by a volley of rapid-fire chirps, squeaks, and clucks, gives this solo LP the illusion of dialogue--as if there were two mad horn players in the room rather than one. And in Gustafsson's hands, the give and take of his internal conversation is both convincing and intriguing. The Education of Lars Jerry, however, is not simply a showcase for Gustafsson's use, abuse, and misuse of wind instruments. He is capable of sketching a wildly diverse landscape of mood and emotion--from scalding, angry blasts to jolting surprises to hilarious slapstick. With all these tools at his disposal, Gustafsson's stories are as interesting as the language he uses to describe them. --S. Duda"
The Sublime And The Profane
"This is a rare copy of this unique CD limited to 220 copies showcasing Günter Christmann's work alongside a host of improvisers. The CD itself has a wooden panel front opening up to a 2 x CD jewel case."
""It would be easy for Gustafsson to rest on his already-broad bag of tricks at this stage in his development: after all, it takes a special panache to parlay a career in outer-limits improvisation into work with both Sonic Youth and Neneh Cherry, while still stopping in between to play with a huge grip of important players in his more immediate sphere, so he must be consistently doing something right already. Piano Mating may be a short diversion from this business is usual, but it's also a reminder that with Gustafsson, business is never quite usual." - The Quietus"
Lap Dance / Table Solos
"Limited to 200 copies on tasty transparent vinyl. Recorded live at a table in front of an audience of five at Stockholm's Bar Brooklyn a few years ago. There were some people at the bar too. True free jazz lap dance, man."
Torturing the Saxophone
""The title of the CD comes from Robert Crumb, the famous comics artist and collector of old shellacs. Gustafsson sent the CD to him and Crumb’s puzzled response are the liner notes for the album. (“I was kind of shocked at what a negative, unpleasant experience it was, listening to it. I had to take it off long before it reached the end”). Poor Mr Crumb, how could you listen so hard the wrong way? How could you miss the beauty underneath? But reading his lines notes in which he expresses his confused feelings are just the icing on the cake of a great album." - Martin Schray"