Mats Gustafsson

Also known as G, Gustafson, Gustafsson, Gustavsson, Mats, Mats Gustafsson & His All-Stars, Mats Gustavsson, Mats Olof Gustafsson, MG
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://matsgus.com/

Discography of Mats Gustafsson:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 DEG 2 Audio 2002 Firework Edition Records
2 Off-Road 6 Audio 2003 Blue Chopsticks
3 The Education Of Lars Jerry 8 Audio 1999 Xeric
4 Trees and Truths 6 Audio 2002 Olof Bright
5 The Music Of Norman Howard 4 Audio 2002 Anagram Records (2)
6 Solos For Contrabass Saxophone 3 Audio 2003 Table Of The Elements
7 I Love It When You Snore 7 Audio 2002-12-10 Smalltown Supersound
8 Impropositions. Solo Saxophone 13 Audio 1997 Phono Suecia
9 Slide Away 2 Audio 2005-04-28 Kning Disk
10 Hidros 3 10 Audio 2004 Smalltown Supersound
11 For Don Cherry 4 Audio 1995 Okka Disk
12 How To Raise An Ox 9 Audio 2005 Atavistic
13 Sticky Tongues And Kitchen Knives 17 Audio 1999 Xeric
14 The Fat Is Gone 3 Audio 2007 Smalltown Superjazzz
15 Splatter 4 Audio 2007 Smalltown Superjazzz
16 Split LP Series #3 - Mats Gustafsson / Cor Fuhler 3 Audio 2008-05-09 Narrominded
17 Mats G Plays Duke E 5 Audio 2008 Qbico
18 Mats G Plays Duke E 5 Audio 2008 Qbico
19 Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth 3 Audio 2008-07-28 Sonic Youth Records
20 For Åke Hodell 2 Audio 2008-08-21 Quasi Pop Records
21 The Thing 6 Audio 2001
22 The Vilnius Implosion 6 Audio 2008 NoBusiness Records
23 Hidros One 9 Audio 1999 Caprice Records
24 Parrot Fish Eye 15 Audio 1995 Okka Disk
25 Mouth Eating Trees And Related Activities 5 Audio 1996 Okka Disk
26 Windows: The Music Of Steve Lacy 6 Audio 2000 Blue Chopsticks
27 Catapult (Baritone Sax Solo) 9 Audio 2005 Doubtmusic
28 Mats G. Plays Albert A. 2 Audio 2009 Qbico
29 Mats G. Plays Albert A. 2 Audio 2009 Qbico
30 They Were Gentle And Pretty Pigs 9 Audio 2002 The Beak Doctor
31 The Vilnius Explosion 4 Audio 2008 NoBusiness Records
32 Cosmic Debris Volume IV 2 Audio 2008 A Silent Place
33 Duo Box Set 5 Audio 2009
34 TR!O 8 Audio 2010-05-00 FMP
35 One To (Two)............... 18 Audio 1998 Okka Disk
36 Poschslides / Among The Skulls 2 Audio 2010-04-00 Emphase Records
37 Frogging 9 Audio 1997
38 Critical Mass 10 Audio 2005-10-00 psi (3)
39 Slide 3 Audio 2005 Firework Edition Records
40 With Records 3 Audio 2009 Doubtmusic
41 Port Huron Picnic 8 Audio 2000 Spool
42 Battuto 22 Audio 2000 Random Acoustics (2)
43 Needs! 14 Audio 2010-11-00 Dancing Wayang
44 Needs! 10 Audio 2010 Dancing Wayang
45 Into Fleshy Air / In A Breeze Of Departed Bodies 2 Audio 2010-10-01 iDEAL Recordings
46 Mother / Groundhog 2 Audio 2010
47 Cosmic Debris Volume IV 2 Audio 2008 Opax
48 One Bird Two Bird 2 Audio 2011-03-07 Editions Mego
49 Barrel Fire 5 Audio 2010 Drip Audio
50 Kopros Lithos 4 Audio 2011 Multikulti Project


Swedish reeds player and improviser Mats Gustafsson's extended saxophone techniques draw equally from the fiery free jazz blowing tradition and the European microtonal schools. Born in 1964 in the culturally rich area of Umeå, he was exposed at a young age to various Swedish improvisers such as saxophonist Lars Göran Ulander and pianist Per Henrik Wallin. His first instrument was the flute, but by his early teens, Gustafsson was playing saxophone as well. Around the age of 14, he put his saxophone mouthpiece on his flute to bring an instrument along on a trip, and since then has played this creation, the fluteophone, in addition to other, more standard reed instruments.

His first improvisations were with drummer Kjell Nordeson, who would later form the AALY Trio with Gustafsson. Mats Gustafsson moved to Stockholm in the mid-'80s, and there met musicians such as Sten Sandell and Raymond Strid. The three formed Gush in 1988, two years after Gustafsson's duo with Christian Munthe, Two Slices of Acoustic Car, began. He also worked with Berlin-based Sven-Åke Johansson during this time, thus becoming acquainted with the German scene.

In 1990, Gustafsson performed in Derek Bailey's Company in London. He also began visiting the U.S. regularly, becoming a regular in the Chicago improvising community as the '90s progressed, working extensively with Hamid Drake and Ken Vandermark, among others. Gustafsson has also performed and recorded with Sonic Youth, Barry Guy, Paul Lovens, Georg Graewe, Jaap Blonk, and as a member of Peter Brotzmann's all-star Chicago Octet/Tentet.


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