The Thing Bio
The Thing Biography
When the trio started out, the book contained mainly tunes by Don Cherry, hence the group’s name. Since Joe McPhee`s participation, the Thing’s repertoire has included other free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe and Norman Howard. Also, the group’s enthusiasm towards rock music is heard when they play “To Bring You My Love” by PJ Harvey on the second CD. Today the book has expanded to include tunes by The White Stripes, The Sonics and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. These are just examples to show how close musical styles are today, how similar the energy can be, and how much today’s audience is melted together, devoted to creative music.
The Thing has performed with guests like Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O’Rourke and Peter Evans
The Thing is now signed on the Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound.
Mats Gustafsson is today Sweden’s and one of Europe’s biggest names on the free music scene. Through groups like Gush, AALY trio and Peter Brötzmann`s Chicago Tentet, he has established himself as a very powerful player, and has somewhat reinvented the way of playing the saxophone.
In 2011 he received the Nordic Council Music Price: the biggest price for a musician in the Nordic countries.
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway`s heaviest rhythm-section. Since their long-time collaboration started in 1992, they have been working together in several groups like School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.