[1 December 2009]
Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson is one of the most prolific musicians on the European free jazz circuit, having played on over 150 recordings as a sideman. Gustaffson also has jammed with some of the greatest names in the experimental underground, including Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O’Rourke, Ken Vandermark, and Derek Bailey among others. As part of the bold new trio Fire!, Gustafsson is joined by bassist Johan Berthling of Tape and drummer Andreas Werliin of Wildbirds & Peacedrums and switches off between sax and Fender Rhodes on its caustic debut, You Liked Me Five Minutes Ago. Together, this trio creates one of the most cacophonous fusions of acoustic jazz and electronic sound in recent memory, bringing free jazz well into the 21st century through such scorchers as “Can I Hold You For A Minute?” and the 17-minute “But Sometimes I Am”. This will certainly appeal to Albert Ayler and Boredoms fans alike.