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The Thing – Shake

"Wild free jazz grooves, another monster of an album from the trio of reedist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love with guests Anna Hogberg on alto sax and Goran Kajfes on cornet; intense, passionate, and precise."


Mats Gustafsson / tenor & baritone saxophones

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten / electric & double bass

Paal Nilssen-Love / drums, percussion

Additional guests on Aim: 

Anna Högberg / alto saxophone 

Goran Kajfes / cornet


Recorded June 1st and 2nd 2015 by Jørgen Træen at Duper studio, Bergen Norway. Mixed June-July 2015 by Johan Berthling and Andreas Werlin, Stockholm Sweden. Mastered by Lupo at Calyx Mastering, Cover by Lasse Marhaug.

Available as 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC 

The Thing

After forming in 1999 as a Don Cherry recording project, Scandinavian garage, free jazz trio The Thing soon established themselves as one of the most important European jazz groups, playing a variety of compositions, including material by PJ Harvey, Albert Ayler, The White Stripes, Steve Lacy, The Stooges, The Sonics, The Cramps, Lightning Bolt and The Ex. They transformed the music of these artists into a contemporary context, making it their own.

The Thing has grown into one of the most successful and hardest working free jazz trio’s around, traveling all over the world. They have performed with guests like Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Peter Evans and Neneh Cherry.

After more than 600 concerts around the globe, five studio albums including their collaborative release with Neneh Cherry and a variety of live releases over the years, in 2013 The Thing presented their sixth studio album, BOOT! as the first release on their new label, The Thing Records. In 2014 followed The Thing with Thurston Moore LIVE, and in 2015 SHAKE.

With dedicated fans in the rock, noise and jazz communities, these new albums take The Thing’s music to new, uncompromising levels and continues to solidify The Thing’s special and important position in the contemporary independent music world.