Great Nordic double act Mats Gustaffsson and Paal Nilssen-Love, two free jazz soul mates who've worked together in various capacities and formats over the years, yet never seem to exhaust the possibilities of their sound.
Bridge 61 is a new improvised music cooperative formed in Chicago during December, 2004, by Tim Daisy (drums), Nate McBride (acoustic and electric bass), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), and Ken Vandermark (reeds).
Sonore is the collaborative project of Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson and Peter Brötzmann, formed in October 2003. The trio was organized to investigate the melodic, rhythmic and textural possibilities of freely improvised music.
DKV Trio was one of the leading free jazz trios based out of Chicago. The highly skilled and passionate members -- Hamid Drake (percussion), Kent Kessler (bass), and Ken Vandermark (reeds) -- initially came together in 1994, for Vandermark's Standards release on Quinnah records.
Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love played together for the first time in 1998. Since then the two have collaborated in many groups, amongst them Hairy Bones, Roma trio, Ada trio, The Chicago Tentet and not least as duo. The duo has toured several times in Europe, played concerts in Japan and USA.
The meeting between The Thing and Cato Salsa Experience started at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in Norway in 2003, when The Thing was offered the chance to invite their favorite rock band Cato Salsa Experience, for a special collaboration. The show was a success and this also led to the critically acclaimed EP “Sounds Like A Sandwich” on Smalltown Superjazzz.
A collaboration between garage-rockers Cato Salsa Experience, jazz trio the Thing and improvisatory eminence Joe McPhee; they have released a live mini album ("Sounds Like A Sandwich") and one studio album ("Two Bands And A Legend"). Full of free jazz, garage rock and skronk, they have received a positive critical response and endorsement by the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth).