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Nels Cline: Entering the New Monastery

By Published: October 24, 2006

The feeling in Chicago is tougher, they just took a tougher stance. I think that Ken Vandermark's efforts have been far more militant. When I first got wind of him in the early nineties, there was a weird kind of exclusivity feeling about it, I mean they're working it pretty hard. I don't think anyone in LA is ever going to be that way, and I also think that's fine, personally. Just because one of things I've always liked about being here, and I've lived here my whole life for some strange reason, is that not only have I always found some good people to play with, and I think there are certainly more creative musicians now in Los Angeles than ever within memory, everybody's kind of in the same boat, which is to say kind of screwed. There's not a lot of competition, not a lot of people crawling all over each other for the same three gigs, because what's the point? What are we fighting for? Which is really not that different from other major cities in America, but the perception is a big part of it. There's nobody raking in the dough playing in New York City. Everyone goes to Europe or Japan, or whatever, to get paid.

Selected Discography

Nels Cline, New Monastery: A View into the Music of Andrew Hill
Wilco, Kicking Television: Live in Chicago
Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano, Immolation/Immersion (Strange Attractors, 2005)
Nels Cline Singers, The Giant Pin (Cryptogramophone, 2004)
Nels Cline/Andrea Parkins/Tom Rainey, Out Trios Volume Three: Ash and Tabula (Atavistic, 2004)
Nels Cline/Vinny Golia, The Entire Time (Nine Winds, 2004)
Nels Cline/Devin Sarno Buried on Bunker Hill (Ground Fault, 2003)
Nels Cline Singers Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone, 2002)
Gregg Bendian's Interzone, Requiem for Jack Kirby
Nels Cline, Destroy All Nels Cline (Atavistic, 2001)
Nels Cline, The Inkling (Cryptogramophone) (2000)
Interstellar Spaces Revisited (with Greg Bendian) (Atavistic) (1999)<

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Photo Credits:
Top Photo: Karen Cline

Bottom Photo: Martin Morisette

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