Boot! - The Thing
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  • Band members: Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love
  • Summary: The latest release for the Scandinavian free jazz trio of baritone saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love includes three originals and two jazz standards.
  • Record Label: The Thing Records
  • Genre(s): Experimental, Jazz, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz, Structured Improvisation, Modern Free
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  1. Nov 15, 2013
    80
    Boot! not only refines what the Thing do, it extends them into a breathtaking sphere where a Babel-like musical conversation takes place, elevating all of its singular elements into a rough, raucous, glorious whole.
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    80
    It's one earthquake/windstorm after another for an hour, possibly the group's best release since 2009's Bag It! [Nov 2013, p.55]
  3. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    Boot! goes back-to-basics in terms of lineup and material, but sounds heavier than ever. [No. 105, p.59]
  4. Dec 13, 2013
    77
    Boot! is the Thing’s sixth full-length album and it’s among the group’s finest efforts at pairing bludgeoning physicality with heady free jazz chops.
  5. Nov 15, 2013
    70
    This LP is their most uncompromising yet. [Dec 2013, p.74]
  6. Nov 15, 2013
    70
    Listeners of free jazz have come to take the chemistry and telepathy of a band like the Thing for granted. This kind of sound is not an everyday occurrence, but it does happen every time these three guys come together. Allow it some staying power.
  7. Jan 23, 2014
    60
    The trio blow out the cobwebs with their relentless blasts of heavy metal sax/bass/drums power. [Feb 2014, p.98]

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