Mats Gustafsson

Mats Gustafsson

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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 mouthpiece on his flute to bring an instrument along on a trip, and since then has played this creation, the fluteophone, in addition to other, more standard reed instruments.

His first improvisations were with drummer Kjell Nordeson, who would later form the AALY Trio with Gustafsson. Mats Gustafsson moved to Stockholm in the mid-'80s, and there met musicians such as Sten Sandell and Raymond Strid. The three formed Gush in 1988, two years after Gustafsson's duo with Christian Munthe, Two Slices of Acoustic Car, began. He also worked with Berlin-based Sven-Åke Johansson during this time, thus becoming acquainted with the German scene.

In 1990, Gustafsson performed in Derek Bailey's Company in London. He also began visiting the U.S. regularly, becoming a regular in the Chicago improvising community as the '90s progressed, working extensively with Hamid Drake and Ken Vandermark, among others. Gustafsson has also performed and recorded with Sonic Youth, Barry Guy, Paul Lovens, Georg Graewe, Jaap Blonk, and as a member of Peter Brotzmann's all-star Chicago Octet/Tentet.
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Mats Gustafsson Discography

Albums

BTCD 03 Mats Gustafsson, Paul Lovens Mats Gustafsson, Paul Lovens - Nothing To Read(CD, Album) Blue Tower Records BTCD 03 Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
DRCD 215 Per Henrik Wallin, Mats Gustafsson, Kjell Nordeson Per Henrik Wallin, Mats Gustafsson, Kjell Nordeson - Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins(CD, Album) Dragon (8) DRCD 215 Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
OD12006 Mats Gustafsson Parrot Fish Eye(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12006 US 1995 Sell This Version
ODL10003 Mats Gustafsson / Hamid Drake Mats Gustafsson / Hamid Drake - For Don Cherry(CD, Album, Ltd) Okka Disk ODL10003 US 1995 Sell This Version
Kontrans 143 Jaap Blonk, Mats Gustafsson & Michael Zerang Jaap Blonk, Mats Gustafsson & Michael Zerang - Blonk, Gustafsson & Zerang(CD, Album) Kontrans Kontrans 143 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
OD12010 Mats Gustafsson / Barry Guy / Paul Lovens Mats Gustafsson / Barry Guy / Paul Lovens - Mouth Eating Trees And Related Activities(CD, Album) Okka Disk OD12010 US 1996 Sell This Version
LJCD 5212 Jormin* - Gustafsson* - Jormin* Jormin* - Gustafsson* - Jormin* - Opus Apus(CD, Album, Ltd) LJ Records (2) LJCD 5212 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
PSCD 99 Mats Gustafsson Impropositions. Solo Saxophone(CD, Album, Enh) Phono Suecia PSCD 99 Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
FR 5 Mengelberg* - Gustafsson* - Prins* Mengelberg* - Gustafsson* - Prins* - Live In Holland '97(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) X-OR FR 5 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
MCD9702, MCD 9702 Mats GustafssonBarry Guy Mats GustafssonBarry Guy - Frogging(CD, Album) Maya Recordings, Maya Recordings MCD9702, MCD 9702 Ireland 1997 Sell This Version
ODL10002 Günter Christmann, Mats Gustafsson Günter Christmann, Mats Gustafsson - One To (Two)...............(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Okka Disk ODL10002 US 1998 Sell This Version
hatOLOGY 526 Gregorio*, Gustafsson* & Nordeson* Gregorio*, Gustafsson* & Nordeson* - Background Music(CD, Album, Ltd) hatOLOGY hatOLOGY 526 Switzerland 1998 Sell This Version
Mats Gustafsson The Education Of Lars Jerry (Album) Xeric US 1999 Sell This Version
BC2 David Grubbs & Mats Gustafsson David Grubbs & Mats Gustafsson - Apertura(CD, Album) Blue Chopsticks BC2 US 1999 Sell This Version
XER-CD-101 Mats Gustafsson & His All-Stars* Featuring John Corbett Mats Gustafsson & His All-Stars* Featuring John Corbett - Sticky Tongues And Kitchen Knives(CD, Album) Xeric XER-CD-101 US 1999 Sell This Version
CAP 21566 Mats Gustafsson & Nu-Ensemblen Mats Gustafsson & Nu-Ensemblen - Hidros One(CD, Album) Caprice Records CAP 21566 Sweden 1999 Sell This Version
CD38 Jim O'Rourke & Mats Gustafsson Jim O'Rourke & Mats Gustafsson - Xylophonen Virtuosen(CD, Album) Incus CD38 UK 1999 Sell This Version
OBCD 01 Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Mats Gustafsson Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Mats Gustafsson - New York - Ystad(CD, Ltd) Olof Bright OBCD 01 Sweden 2000 Sell This Version
SPL 110 Mats Gustafsson / Kurt Newman / Mike Gennaro Mats Gustafsson / Kurt Newman / Mike Gennaro - Port Huron Picnic(CD, Album) Spool SPL 110 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
RA 023 Corbett*Gustafsson*Kapsalis*Lonberg-Holm* Corbett*Gustafsson*Kapsalis*Lonberg-Holm* - Battuto(CD, Album) Random Acoustics (2) RA 023 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
BC4 Mats Gustafsson Windows: The Music Of Steve Lacy(CD, Album) Blue Chopsticks BC4 US 2000 Sell This Version
Crazy Wisdom 001, 159 073-2 Mats Gustafsson / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Paal Nilssen-Love Mats Gustafsson / Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / Paal Nilssen-Love - The Thing(CD, Album) Crazy Wisdom, Universal Music AB Crazy Wisdom 001, 159 073-2 Sweden 2001 Sell This Version
Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love - I Love It When You Snore (Album) Smalltown Supersound Norway 2002 Sell This Version
ANA LP 001 School Days And The Thing (2) Presented By Mats Gustafsson School Days And The Thing (2) Presented By Mats Gustafsson - The Music Of Norman Howard(LP, Album, Ltd) Anagram Records (2) ANA LP 001 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
FER 1035 Kevin Drumm / Leif Elggren / Mats Gustafsson Kevin Drumm / Leif Elggren / Mats Gustafsson - DEG(LP, Ltd, Num) Firework Edition Records FER 1035 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version