Desert Encrypts Vol. 1
"The band is seriously locked-in, particularly the drummer and bassist, who provide a springy, ever-morphing foundation for the leader’s clarion pocket trumpet excursions - Peter Margasak"
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."
"Starlite Motel consists of some players you’ve probably seen mentioned on this website before: bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, drummer Gard Nilssen, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on both alto and tenor saxophones, and Jamie Saft on a multitude of instruments: Hammond organ, Whitehall organ, Moog, and lap steel guitar. This fascinating configuration makes for an equally fascinating listen, one that toes the line between improvisational jazz and psychedelic rock with dexterous abandon. —Derek Stone, Free Jazz Blog"
The DKV Thing Trio
"Recorded live at Krakow Jazz Autumn in 2014, Collider unites two of the hardest hitting contemporary outfits in an off the wall summit."
Sud Des Alpes
The Rempis Percussion Quartet
"Only a band with a history this long – that of a family – can get into some wrangling like this live onstage, and still produce something that’s both coherent and compelling. This is a straight up circus feat – a train engineer who reconstructs the locomotive as the train rockets down the line. "
"At this juncture The Thing and its members need little by way of introduction. Individually their output plots a course through much of the territories mapped by contemporary improvised music, shines a light on its more outré reaches, and stretches the wallets of even the most committed listener. Moreover, seeing any of their names affiliated with a project has become a seal of quality, much as the FMP logo did a generation prior."