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The Thing
Again

Yeah that’s right, it's The Thing baby! Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drumkit powerhouse Paal Nilssen-Love play in a thousand and one different contexts these days, but it's great to hear them return to the roots of what really launched them into the free jazz world and beyond. Three longer tracks on this one, proving once Again that The Thing really are where it's at.

The Thing
Shake

At last, another full-blown studio release from the killer free-jazz trio that is The Thing! Masters of the form Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten have stunning chemistry together, and with Shake they blow everything else out of the water. Released by their own The Thing Records, working with Trost.

James Blood Ulmer & The Thing
Baby Talk

Live recording of the meeting of two giants of free jazz. Guitarist James Blood Ulmer who played with Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, and Pharoah Sanders james with Scandinavian free jazz trio The Thing, who have collaborated with Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, and Joe McPhee. Want your mind melted? Here ya go.

The Thing / Shit & Shine
Jukebox Series #4

From Vienna’s Trost label comes a fierce new edition of the Jukebox Series. Shit & Shine take an axe and hammer to Red River by Mats Gustaffson’s The Thing. The result is a lightning bolt of power riffs to the face. Hold onto your lederhosen. Out on limited edition 7” from Trost.
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The Thing with Thurston Moore
Live

The thing with Thurston Moore is that he's fairly tall. The Thing with Thurston Moore is a collaboration between the lanky, non-ageing Sonic Youth controller and the madcap Scandinavian free-jazz monsters. Whilst on tour they popped into Thurston's local Cafe Oto and invited the mopheaded guitar mangler on stage to make a right old racket.  
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Neneh Cherry & The Thing
The Cherry Thing

A collaboration between someone who has actually had a hit and a Scandinavian free jazz trio? Surely not… But then Neneh Cherry has never been a straightforward pop star. And said jazzsters The Thing were inspired to form by Cherry’s father, Don Cherry, so actually there is sense here. Either way, this is an inspired collaboration, and the cover of Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream’ is genuinely sublime.
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The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide
Shinjuku Crawl


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The Thing with Jim O’Rourke
Shinjuku Growl


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The Thing
Garage

Art rock meets jazz by The Thing on this album titled Garage. Recorded back in 2004 and finally mixed for your aural pleasure in 2014, this recording from Mats Gustafsson on saxophones, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on smooth double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love hammering the drums, plays some raw versions of songs from everyone from Richard Berry to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.