2000 – present (17 years)
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).
The Guardian's Ben Thompson, said of their live album: "(it) is not only the noisiest record ever to bear the legend 'with thanks to the arts council of Norway', it's also the most entertaining. Having previously energised Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love', these masters of the sludge-jazz free-for-all now set themselves the ultimate challenge - a version of 'Louie Louie' more psychotic than Black Flag's - and pass with flying colours".
And the BBC's Peggy Sutton said about their studio full length: "On this studio-recorded follow-up, PJ Harvey, ‘60s garage-rockers The Sonics, pop-rock standard “Louie Louie” and punk-funker James Blood Ulmer are put through their loud and noisy free-jazz-punk-rock mangle, alongside originals by Gustafsson and CSE drummer Magne Riise. “The Witch” is a catchy riff-heavy blues with a double-bass intro that utilizes every screech and squall the instrument is capable of. An almost meditative version of South African trumpeter Mongezi Feza’s lilting “You Ain’t Gonna Know Me ‘Cos You Think You Know Me”, allows time to draw breath half way through. But the relief is brief; it’s followed by the rock-heavy assault of “The Nut”, written by Gustaffson’s daughter the Swedish teen punk idol Alva Melin, which soon becomes a high-intensity free-jazz thrash".
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