This was announced a little while ago, prompting much excitement from me- I am a very big fan of Norwegian Free Jazz trio The Thing (and the other work of their members, particularly saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, who has played and recorded with vast numbers of other notable musicians), so a new album from them is always good news! This one sounds particularly intriguing though, as here they are working with a singer (as far as I know for the first time), in the form of Neneh Cherry. And performing versions of tracks by Ornette Coleman, MF Doom, The Stooges, aaaaannd…. Suicide! Here is their take on ‘Dream Baby Dream’, which I have to say sounds fantastic to me- a good mix of free jazz energy with a traditional song form.
The album is out in June, and apparently “extensive European touring” is planned for July. Perhaps I may see The Thing at last! Enjoy!