Mats Gustafsson With John Russell & Phil Minton
"Multi-reedist Mats Gustafsson explores unique environments in improvised music with two duos performed live at Cafe OTO, one duo per side, the first with free vocalist Phil Minton for understated gargling and instrumental aberrations; the second with guitarist John Russell."
The Second Original Silence
"Pristinely recorded at a 2006 Italy performance, this is another outstanding work from Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, and Mats Gustafsson's improvisational noise/jazz/rock ensemble."
The Music Of Norman Howard
School Days And The Thing
"Norman Howard played trumpet with the legendary Albert Ayler but, so far as we are aware, he only released a cassette recording as a band leader. This was on the Homeboy label in 1968 and was entitled "Burn Baby Burn". He played with Joe Phillips on alto saxophone, Walter Cliff on bass and Corney Millsap on drums. The inspiration behind our current release is to showcase this wonderful music with an updated hue. The recording, which was made in the cellar of the Anagram Records store in Stockholm on November 19th 2001, brings together Mats Gustafsson and a group of Swedish, Norwegian, and American musicians."
Sonic Youth & Mats Gustafsson
"Although the disc is divided into separate tracks, Hidros 3 is really one extended piece, with no gaps whatsoever. Dedicated to Patti Smith, it frequently sounds like improvisation rather than composition. The piece was recorded live at its premiere in 2000. The players were housed in small rooms of the Art museum in Ystad, Sweden, during its KulturBro festival. Jim O'Rourke was in charge of the mixing, the only performer capable of filtering the composite whole. The audience were free to wander from chamber to chamber, experiencing various subjective perspectives of the performance."