Monday, July 27, 2009
The Thing - Bag It! (2009)
The new album from the trio of Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love, and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. The latter two players make up probably my favorite contemporary rhythm section in this style, as they've grown so very tight together from playing in a number of groups (Ken Vandermark's excellent School Days project, the Scorch Trio with guitarist Raoul Björkenheim, etc.). I've got a lot of that stuff, so let me know if you're interested. Anyway Gustafsson goes crazy on this record, too, unleashing blasts from his sax that recall his former mentor, Peter Brotzmann. Don't know why it was released as a double CD (whole thing clocks in at 76 minutes or so) but that won't bother you, will it?