The Cherry Thing Bio

The Cherry Thing

Neneh Cherry – voice
Mats Gustafsson – tenor, baritone saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – double bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums

The Thing took it’s name from a piece by Don Cherry: when they first got together it was to play his music. So it does make sense that they should eventually team up with Don Cherry’s daughter.

Neneh Cherry and The Thing met for the first time at a recording session in London in the fall of 2010. It clicked right away as they all shared an open, free approach to the music. The high energy of The Thing’s playing found a fitting counterpart in Neneh’s intense style.

After a performance at Strand, Stockholm in March 2011 it was decided to continue the collaboration. A CD will be released in March 2012 on Smalltown Supersound. In the summer of 2012 The Cherry Thing will tour the European music festivals. Apart from their own compositions they will also play the music of such diverse artists as Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Velvet Underground singer Nico and hip hop artist MF doom.