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Gustafsson, Mats

Naja (Black Cross Solo Sessions 5)

Gustafsson, Mats: Naja (Black Cross Solo Sessions 5) (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

For three days in his own Discaholic Studios in Nickelsdorf, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson recorded the playing-card pieces of Peter Brötzmann--compositional prompts intended for a large group or for solo playing--performing on a cross-section of the saxophone family from sopranino to bass, and also one piece for saxophone mouthpiece, creating a set of stunning improvisations.
 

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Mats Gustafsson-sopranino, soprano, alto, baritone, and bass saxophones; saxophone mouthpieces


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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD087
Squidco Product Code: 32705

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Liner notes by Gustafsson, photos of the card boxes and the first photograph of Gustafsson and Brötzmann.

Recorded Dec 14-16, 2020, by Olof Madsen at Discaholic Studios, Nickelsdorf. Mixed and mastered December 17 and 18, 2020, by Martin Siewert, Vienna.

Thanx to Connor Bennett for creating a masterful alto sax mouthpiece. Special thanx to Peter Brötzmann. Special thanx to Christopher Wool.

Track 6 by Peter Brötzmann (FMP - publishing/GEMA); tracks 1-5 and 7-10 by Mats Gustafsson (STIM/NcB).



Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson might have a separate discography for his solo records. He's investigated the possibilities of unaccompanied reed music from almost every angle. Presented with the opportunity to make a new solo record under the isolation of the pandemic, Gustafsson returned to a project he'd conceptualized but never realized: the playing-card pieces of Peter Brötzmann. Although these Fluxus-like prompts are better known through the two card sets the German saxophonist created in the 1990s, which resulted in two CDs with his Chicago Tentet, Images and Signs (both released on Okka Disk), Brötzmann had in fact been using cards since the 1970s. Recording in his home studio in Nickelsdorf, Austria, Gustafsson used two of these sets of compositional prompts, one designed for the ICP Tentet and another intended as a spur for Brötzmann's own solo work. The instrumentation on Naja includes the entire saxophone family from sopranino to bass, as well as a piece for mouthpieces; this is also a rare opportunity to hear Gustafsson play more than one horn at the same time, a Roland Kirk move that he'd long ago sworn off but was prompted to do by the cards. In addition to nine pieces using the cards, Gustafsson played one non-card composition from Brötzmann's solo FMP LP 14 Love Poems. Stunningly mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert, with liner notes by Gustafsson, photos of the card boxes and the first photograph of Gustafsson and Brötzmann. Cover art, as on all Black Cross Solo Sessions CDs, by Christopher Wool."-Corbett Vs. Dempsey


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 (http://matsgus.com/archives/category/bio)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Box 1 part 1 bass sax 5:42

2. Box 1 part 2 bass sax 5:31

3. Box 1 part 3 sopranino and soprano sax, 4 sax mouthpieces 3:25

4. Box 1 part 4 baritone sax 8:05

5. Box 1 part 5 baritone sax 5:23

6. Alto sax nr 3 alto sax 4:49

7. Box 2 part 1 baritone sax 0:35

8. Box 2 part 2 soprano, alto, baritone and bass sax 9:58

9. Box 2 part 3 bass sax 6:01

10. Box 2 part 4 baritone sax 3:54

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