The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, Ingebright Haker-Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love) meets Otomo Yoshihide on guitar live at Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo in 2007, for far reaching jazz meets punk meets electroacoustic madness.
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Label: Smalltown Superjazzz
Catalog ID: stsj169
Squidco Product Code: 14688
Recorded live at Pit Inn by Jim O'Rouke on October 2nd, 2007.
Mats Gustafsson-slide, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Ingrebrigt Haker Flaten-bass
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1. Shinjuku Crawl, First Attempt 15:19
2. Shinjuku Crawl, Second Attempt 9:47
3. Shinjuku Crawl, Third Attempt 15:56
4. Uramado (Thank You Mr. Fukuoka) 5:02
5. Dori Dugout, Part 1 7:23
6. Dori Dugout, Part 2 13:09
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"Smalltown Superjazzz is very proud to present two new albums by The Thing. And this time it is The Thing with guitars! And none others than two of the best guitar players in the improv world today; Otomo Yoshihide and Jim O`Rourke. Both albums are recorded live at Pit Inn in Tokyo, Japan. Shinkjuku Growl with JIm O`Rourke was recorded the 4th of February 2008 and Shinkuju Crawl with Otomo Yoshihide was recorded the 2nd of October 2007 (and was also recorded by Jim O`Rourke). These two live documents shows the different aspects of The Thing and how they are shaping and melting together with the wonderful guitar magic of Yoshihide and O`Rourke.
Jim O`Rourke now lives in Tokyo, Japan. He has produced albums by artists such as Sonic Youth, Wilco, Stereolab, Superchunk, Kahimi Karie, Quruli, John Fahey, Smog, Faust, Tony Conrad, The Red Krayola, Bobby Conn, Beth Orton, Joanna Newsom and U.S. Maple. He was a in Gastr Del Sol, was a member of Sonic Youth and is working close with Wilco. Otomo Yoshihide is from Yokohama, Jaoan, He first came to international prominence in the 1990s as the leader of the noise rock group Ground Zero, and has since worked in a variety of contexts, ranging from free improvisation to noise, jazz, avant-garde and contemporary classical.
The Thing is a rare flower in the world of jazz. They have managed to reach out far beyond jazz and avant garde audiences to those of rock, punk, hip-hop and electronica as well. They`ve been critically acclaimed by such diverse magazines as DJ Magazine (described as " absurdly cool ), Uncut, BBC and The Observer. They have done sold-out London show with electronica/hip-hop acts Four Tet and Prefuse 73 as well as a sold out Scala (London) with Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid, they toured the jazz clubs of Europe, Japan, China and USA, they covered David Bowies` "Life On Mars" for the German electronica label K7!, they blew the rock audience away at Oslo`s Oya Festival with Sonic Youth`s Thurston Moore as guest guitarist, and they were invited by the Basement Jaxx to play the Wireless Festival in London. Not bad for a free jazz act. But The Thing is not a traditional band. They have done collaborations with artists such as jazz legend Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Jim O`Rourke and Otomo Yoshihide as well as Norwegian garage rock band Cato Salsa Experience as well as being produced by Steve Albini."-Smalltown Superjazzz
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"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 (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
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"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 (http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/biography.php)
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