Fire! With Jim O’Rourke - Unreleased? (4 stars)

Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson with members of Tape and Wildbirds & Peacedrum

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Fire! With Jim O’Rourke - Unreleased?

(Rune Grammofon)

Saxophone behemoth Mats Gustafsson is best known for his work with baws-oot jazzers The Thing, but Fire! is a relatively controlled affair, more rock-oriented improv than free jazz. Gustafsson, bassist Johan Berthling (Tape) and drummer Andreas Werling (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), are joined by Jim O’Rourke for this second album.

‘Happy Ending Borrowing Yours’ is the climax of this trip, a slow-burning bass throb which uncoils to release a primordial baritone sax solo from Gustafsson, O’Rourke sneaking up from behind with mangled guitar and frazzled electronics. Werling is on point throughout, his deceptively simple drumming the foundation of this elemental music.

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