The Thing (jazz band)

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The Thing
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Jazz
Years active 2000–present
Labels Smalltown Superjazzz
Members Mats Gustafsson
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Paal Nilssen-Love

The Thing is a Norwegian/Swedish jazz trio, consisting of Mats Gustafsson (saxophones), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass), and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums).

Performances and recordings[edit]

The band was established in February 2000 to play a series of concerts in Stockholm and a recording of Don Cherry compositions that was released in Sweden by the label Crazy Wisdom/Universal. Melding German, British and American traditions of free music, their repertoire has later been collected from various sources such as James Blood Ulmer, Frank Lowe, PJ Harvey, White Stripes and Joe McPhee. McPhee was also a participating musician on the She Knows... album (2001). Other guests who have joined The Thing for recording and performances include Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke and Jeb Bishop.

Garage was released on the Smalltown Superjazzz label in 2004. An EP of live material performed with Joe McPhee and Cato Salsa Experience was released in 2005, as well as a live album. 2006 saw the release of Action Jazz, also on Smalltown Superjazz. The group covers material from Ornette Coleman, Lightning Bolt, Yosuke Yamashita and others in addition to original material. The group are the only free jazz ensemble working today who wear stage uniforms. They perform clad in t-shirts from Ruby's Barbecue Restaurant in Austin, Texas.

In June 2012 they released the album The Cherry Thing, a collaboration with Swedish-British singer Neneh Cherry. The album was Cherry's first album as a named leader for 16 years.[1]

Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mats Gustafsson in Austin, Texas November 18, 2005

Discography[edit]

The Thing[edit]

The Thing with Cato Salsa Experience and Joe McPhee[edit]

The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide[edit]

The Thing with Jim O'Rourke[edit]

Neneh Cherry & The Thing[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (June 23, 2012). "Neneh Cherry and The Thing: The Cherry Thing". The Financial Times. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 

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