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Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love: Splatter (Smalltown Superjazzz)

A mini-album of 4 tracks recorded live for the Smalltown 10th Year Anniversary in Oslo, 2004, an "explosion of energy created by breath & muscles."

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product information:

UPC: 600116841520

Label: Smalltown Superjazzz
Catalog ID: stsj115
Squidco Product Code: 9023

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Norway
Packaging: Jewel Tray


Mats Gustafsson-reeds

Paal Nilssen-Love-percussion

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track listing:

1. Carex mackenziei 6:02

2. Carex rhynchophysa 7:14

3. Carex glacialis 3:57

4. Carex straminea 3:18

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Compositional Forms
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
November 2007
Mats Gustafsson
Paal Nilssen-Love
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"Following their 2001 debut I Love it when you snore, Mats Gustafsson and Paal Nilssen-Love are back with a mini album: 4 tracks and 20 minutes of music recorded live when Smalltown celebrated its 10 years anniversary in Oslo in February 2004. A s with their debut album Gustafsson and Nilssen-Love's punkrock roots is highly visible and the musical expression is an explosion of energy created by breath and muscles. "Splatter" is raw power that brings to mind the the wild and beautiful days of Albert Ayler and Peter Brotzmann's Machine Gun session."-Smalltown Superjazz

"Mats is the most modern of players where the genre tags of jazz, noise, experimental, avant-whatever are finally transcended to a new millennium - where compositional concepts are at once in check with open improvisation and a super-postmodernism becomes what we always wanted: rock & roll!"-Thurston Moore.

Percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love in an active member of the Scandinavian jazz scene, playing with Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Frode Gjerstad, Sten Sandell, Rodrigo Amado, and as a member of Atomic / School Days, The Thing, Original Silence, Territory and FME.

Artist Biographies:
"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (

"Paal Nilssen-Love was born in Molde, Norway, Dec 24. 1974, and raised at a jazz club in Stavanger, run by his parents. It was natural to choose his fathers drums as his instrument and jazz as his work. From 1990 on he took actively part in the jazz milieu in Stavanger and joined bands with established musicians such as trumpeter Didrik Ingvaldsen and saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. In many ways, these collaborations were essential as they pointed out the directions for Paal's later musical development and career. During his studies at the Jazz dept at the University in Trondheim, where the first self initiated bands were established, things developed really fast - and Paal was nationally acknowledged at the age of 20.

The forming of the quartet Element in 1993 in many ways represented the start of a new phase in Paal's musical life. Element musically became a platform for several other groups with bassist Flaten and pianist Wiik, and lead to collaborations with Iain Ballamy and Chris Potter, amongst others. Paal moved to Oslo in 1996, where he joined and/or took part in the forming of bands like Vindaloo, SAN, Håkon Kornstad Tio, The Quintet and Frode Gjerstad Trio. He later on got more into self initiated projects and collaborations with Swedish musicians, such as pianist Sten Sandell and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.

Paal played his first solo concert in 1999, and since then the solo concept has been an important part of his work: "Everyone should try doing some solo work, just to feel who you really are and what gets you going". His solo album "Sticks and stones" was put out in 2001 on SOFA Rec.

Being active in several bands at the same time has always been Paal's deliberate working method. He is constantly conscious about the projects he is in, as his participation in each and one of them is fully dedicated. Playing is not about getting from start to goal, but rather being in an everlasting process, a continuous movement where each new piece of music performed is a prolongation of the latest. Hence, keeping focused and concentrating all energy around what's happening there and then is of greatest importance - as is the freedom in the music, the ability of being free within the expression.

All bands, although various styles and musical versatility in general, represent important pieces that make up a total, and all bands are formed or joined with a clear vision. Today Paal's portfolio includes Atomic, School Days, The Thing, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Sten Sandell Trio, Scorch Trio, Territory Band, FME, and various duo projects such as with reedmen Ken Vandermark, John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, organist Nils Henrik Asheim and noise wizard Lasse Marhaug. And not to forget the recently joined Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet."

-Paal Nilssen-Love Website (

Other Releases With These Artists:
Thing, The
Shake [VINYL 2 LPs]
(The Thing Records)
Nilssen-Love, Paal / Mats Gustafsson
Sin Gas [Vinyl]
Nilssen-Love, Paal / Mats Gustafsson
Sin Gas [CD]
Thing, The
(The Thing Records)
Articles, The (Thomas / Gustafsson / Turner)
Goodbye Silence
Zerang / Strid
Scratch Match
Sonore (Brotzmann / Vandermark / Gustafsson)
Call Before You Dig
You Liked Me Five Minutes Ago [CD]
(Rune Grammofon)
Morris / Fell / Ward
The Necessary And The Possible
Brotzmann / Kondo / Pupillo / Nilssen-Love
Hairy Bones
Signal To Noise
Issue #53, Spring 2009
(Signal to Noise)
Edelin, Michele Trio + Steve Lehman
Halvorson / Radding / Wooley
Conly, Sean
(Clean Feed)
Marhaug, Lasse / Nilssen-Love, Paal
Chadbourne, Eugene
Sacred Insects of Ancient Egypt
ElSaffar, Amir
Two Rivers
(Pi Recordings)
W.O.O. presents Mambo Mantis
Transphonic Dimensions
(Utech Records)
Gustafsson, Mats / Yoshimi
Words on the Floor
(Smalltown Superjazzz)
Baron / Denzler / Guionnet / Rives
Murray, Sunny
Sunny Murray
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Chris Corsano
A Glancing Blow
(Clean Feed)
Borbetomagus / Hijokaidan
Both Noises End Burning
Vandermark, Ken / Karayorgis, Pandelis
Foreground Music
Staiano, Moe!
The Lateness of Yearly Presentations
(Dephine Knormal Musik and Amanita Records)
Nilssen-Love, Paal
(Clean Feed)
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