PhonoMetak Series # 2
Mats Gustafsson / Paolo Angeli
"Here with 3 improvvisations more than saxophone compositions, They are similar to choked breaths, or even more similar to some bodily function - sort hardcore jazz flatulences, sounds exactly as it would in a live performance. When You hear Gustafsson's exclamations on the end of Man in his Boat Desperately Cushing the Ice You'll get shivers."
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Mats Gustafsson / Paul Lovens
"This is a masterpiece of free improvisation, but good luck finding a copy. It confirms Mats's status as a master musician even at this relatively early stage of his career."
Mats Gustafsson and Jason Adasiewicz
""From the very beginning the atmosphere brings to mind the soundtracks of French film noir classics. Most of the pieces are incredibly slow, quiet, even tender and surprisingly tuneful. ... At the end of the day the music evokes an alternative kind of tension, one with a different kind of energy, one with less volume, one with a bigger focus on restraint. Gustafsson and Adasiewicz explore more subtle dynamics and moods, which are still full of passion and intensity." - Martin Schray"
Mats Gustafsson Nu Ensemble
"“The NU ensemble is back again! After some years of contemplation, recharging and reforming. In attack mode… in poetry mode… in love mode. A forever-changing beast. From the first installment of the ensemble back in the early 90’s, this ensemble has always been about the now, the instant now. NU. How to deal with and combine both freely improvised music and compositional methods and ideas. In the moment. Nothing radically new in that, but a very important process with lots of new perspectives to explore and joy to be shared!” Mats Gustafsson, from the liner notes"
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."
Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balázs Pándi
""I don’t know if it is true to say that this is the best record the trio (quartet) ever made. It is a surprise. It is amazing to see (hear) these musicians take a bold step in a new direction without loosing everything they are known for. Without loosing intensity." -Daniel Boker, Free Jazz Blog"