MATS GUSTAFSSON AND FRIENDS: PEACE & FIRE: MG50
The mighty Mats Gustafsson turns 50 – and to celebrate, he throws himself a 3 day festival of music, along with some of his best contemporaries in the global underground! Given Mats' fire and non-stop energy, the festival must have been amazing – and a good deal of it is documented here in a special 4CD set – one that includes performances from every night of the event, and two great booklets full of notes and photos, too. If anything, Gustafsson seems to get younger and more open-minded with each passing year – able to share his amazing talents with so many others, in so many different ways – in a spirit that really comes through in this great package. Gustafsson performs in a variety of settings – a duet with drummer Didi Kern, with the Swedish Azz quintet, in Fake The Facts with Payl Lytton on drums, in his Fire group in an expanded lineup, in Klangform Wien, with The Thing, and in Tr!o +1 – and the package also features a duet between Ken Vandermark on reeds and Christof Kurzmann on ppoll, solo bagpipes from Erwan Keravec, solo vibes and percussion from Kjell Nordeson, solo alto from Anna Hogberg, and solo percussion and voice from Sven Ake Johansson. 4CDs in all – and lots more music within! ~ Dusty Groove
PETER BROTZMANN / HEATHER LEIGH – EYES FILLED WITH WONDER
Saxophonist Peter Brotzmann has had a long career, filled with incredible duets – but this record with pedal steel guitarist Heather Leigh may well be one of his most unusual, and proof that he continues to be open to so many new musical ideas, even in his later years! Leigh's got an approach that's quite different than any use of the instrument you might know from country or folk – and instead creates these amazing sounds that are sometimes tones, sometimes more tuneful – and really balanced nicely next to the raspy edges of Brotzmann's tenor, bass clarinet, and tarogato! Each player gets some individual moments, but when they come together is when the magic of the sound really seems to happen. ~ Dusty Groove
RIVHERSIDE – ELECTRAW BLUES ALBUM
After playing for many years in different blues bands, Renaud Villet, a singer, guitarist, and producer based in Clermont-Ferrand (France) launched his solo career in 2012 under the name Rivherside. His first album, “Something on My Mind,” was strongly blues / roots orientated. It received great reviews and as a result Rivherside did more than 80 concerts as a one-man-band. In 2014 he decided to broaden his horizons and began to mix Blues with Electro and Hip-Hop sounds, releasing the self-produced, 4-track “Electraw Blues EP.” Rivherside also began performing live in this electro configuration, playing samples and using Ableton Live software. In 2015 he collaborated with rapper TDB and together they released the “Inner Voices” EP in early 2016 . And now, the french electro blues pioneer is back with a new 12-track album.