Personnel: Mats Gustafsson (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); John Corbett (guitar, electric guitar, turntables).
Audio Mixer: John Corbett .
Recording information: Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL (01/25/1999-01/26/1999); Radio WHPK, FM Radio Dada, Chicago, IL (01/25/1999-01/26/1999).
Photographers: Nicol Aders; John Corbett .
On Sticky Tongues & Kitchen Knives, Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Chicago guitarist and experimenter John Corbett cover a lot of territory, all of it "outside" the usual music boundaries.
First comes a Corbett-constructed collage of vinyl and disc shards deftly navigated by Gustafsson's horn. The second track, "For Betty Davis and Raymond Strid," is a suite of intense and interactive free improvisation with baritone sax, fluteophone, and electric guitar. It is followed by a number for both Gal Costa and Hal Rammel that has a swelling keyboard drone beneath sound effect swipes, finally disintegrating into near silence. After the lengthier dedications (there is one more) comes "side b," which is a series of short improvisations. Gustafsson and Corbett improvise to their hearts' content, making this a recording suitable only for fans of extended technique who require neither melody nor apparent forms. ~ Joslyn Layne