THE THING

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The Thing is a Norwegian/Swedish jazz band, consisting of Mats Gustafsson (saxophones), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass), and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). The trio was established in February 2000 during a series of concerts in Stockholm and a recording of Don Cherry-compositions that was released in Sweden by the label Crazy Wisdom/Universal. Melding German, British and American traditions of free music, their repertoire has later been collected from various sources such as James Blood Ulmer, Frank Lowe, PJ Harvey, White Stripes and Joe McPhee. McPhee was also a participating musician on the "She Knows..." album (2001). Other guests who have joined the Thing for recording and performances include Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke and Jeb Bishop. "Garage" was released on the Smalltown Superjazzz label in 2004. An EP of live material performed with Joe McPhee and Cato Salsa Experience was released in 2005, as well as a live album. 2006 read more...
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THE THING The Thing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Thing
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2000
THE THING She Knows... (w/ Joe McPhee) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
She Knows... (w/ Joe McPhee)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2001
THE THING Garage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Garage
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2004
THE THING Two Bands And A Legend,Cato Salsa Expirience, The Thing, Joe McPhee : I See You Baby album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Bands And A Legend,Cato Salsa Expirience, The Thing, Joe McPhee : I See You Baby
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2005
THE THING Action Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Action Jazz
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2006
THE THING Bag It! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bag It!
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2009
THE THING Mono album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mono
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2011
THE THING The Cherry Thing  (with Neneh Cherry) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Cherry Thing (with Neneh Cherry)
Eclectic Fusion 2012
THE THING Neneh Cherry / The Thing : The Cherry Thing Remixes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Neneh Cherry / The Thing : The Cherry Thing Remixes
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2012
THE THING Boot! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boot!
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2013
THE THING Shake album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shake
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015
THE THING Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Again
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

THE THING EPs & splits

THE THING Viking album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Viking
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
THE THING The Thing & Shit & Shine : Jukebox Series #4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Thing & Shit & Shine : Jukebox Series #4
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2015

THE THING live albums

THE THING Live At Blå album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Blå
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2005
THE THING The Thing with Ken Vandermark album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Thing with Ken Vandermark
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2007
THE THING The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide ‎: Shinjuku Crawl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide ‎: Shinjuku Crawl
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2009
THE THING Shinjuku Growl album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shinjuku Growl
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2010
THE THING Metal ! (with Barry Guy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal ! (with Barry Guy)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012
THE THING Live (with Thurston Moore) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live (with Thurston Moore)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014

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Now and Forever
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2008

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THE THING The Cherry Thing (with Neneh Cherry)

Album · 2012 · Eclectic Fusion
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The Thing is premier European punk-jazz trio which combining free jazz with garage rock energy and sometimes noisy/dirty sound. When they announced recording the album with Don Cherry step-daughter and popular r'n'b,hip-hop and alternative pop singer Neneh Cherry,it sounded like a bad joke. After the album was released it occupied many European clubs and radio stations for months and the idea doesn't look like joke anymore.

From very first sounds of Neneh original, opener "Cashback" she represents herself as singer which feels and fulfills project's concept perfectly.From low jazzy psychedelic vocals to dark spoken words,her singing together with Mats Gustafsson free sax soloing push music, anchored by heavy rhythm section, ahead.Mostly collection of covers, album's music sounds as if you never heard them before.

The track list illustrates project's concept well - Don Cherry "Golden Heart", The Stooges "Dirt", Ornette Coleman "What Reason" and Suicide "Dream Baby Dream" all put together make that dark,noisy,rhythmic and surprisingly attractive mix perfect listening for wide auditory from garage rock kids to fashionable clubs golden youth. Most important that music being quite accessible and even catchy doesn't make compromises, it's still same The Thing, probably they are just smiling here more often.

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