Mats Gustafsson Releases "Bengt" On Utech Records - Available May 19th


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Bengt is the new solo recording by Mats Gustafsson and is dedicated to Bengt Nordström.

Mats Gustafsson plays a plastic alto sax. A classic Grafton sax. The type of sax that was used by Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and Bengt Nordström. Nordström is best known having produced Albert Ayler's first recording Something Different on his Bird Note imprint. It is in his own role as a saxophonist that Nordström was truly inventive.

Bengt Nordström was playing solo sax improvisation already in 1962 and mentored Swedish reedman Mats Gustafsson in addition to playing in a quartet with drummer Peter Uuskyla, bassist Bjorn Ålke, and violinist Lars Svantesson. Nordström died in 2000 at age 63. Bengt is a celebration of the music and the man behind it.

From the liner notes by Swedish author Thomas Millroth—On this record you might not hear the Gustafsson you are used to, but I assure you this is the real Mats, this is the nucleus in his playing. These solo pieces are a wholeness, together forming a sounding essay about the Me in his music. The Me in Me that is Me in You—as did Ekelöf write in a poem.

Limited to 500 copies on white vinyl. LP includes CD version of the album.

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