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Album Review

Guitarist Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet is a study in contrasts. Long stretches of free-form sound and noise explorations give way to surprising melodic moments or sparser improvisations. On "Serene," after a lengthy bit of feedback, the group plays a fairly straightforward reading of Eric Dolphy's theme before returning to their rather intense mood. The powerful ensembles of "Flutter" suddenly becomes an alto bass duet before the other musicians rejoin and the intensity level builds and builds. "Eureka" uses a mournful theme which contrasts with its title and builds in intensity to an almost-frightening level before finding a sort of inner peace. Although certainly not for all listeners, this live set is quite stimulating and should satisfy listeners with extremely open ears.


Born: October 29, 1964 in Umea, Sweden

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Swedish reeds player and improviser Mats Gustafsson's extended saxophone techniques draw equally from the fiery free jazz blowing tradition and the European microtonal schools. Born in 1964 in the culturally rich area of Umeå, he was exposed at a young age to various Swedish improvisers such as saxophonist Lars Göran Ulander and pianist Per Henrik Wallin. His first instrument was the flute, but by his early teens Gustafsson was playing saxophone as well. Around the age of 14, he put his saxophone...
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