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Nels Cline: Currents, Constellations

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Reigning Wilco guitarist and avant sound sculptor Nels Cline begins his second Blue Note release Currents, Constellations with a loud, vibrant crash of guitar crunch that echoes his many alt/rock road trips. But very quickly the responsive and elastic rhythm section of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey charges forth while Cline and soul-mate guitarist Julian Lage head off for the electric hinterlands.

When one pauses to consider that, for a decade plus, Cline has had plenty of practice shaping and crafting the heartfelt yet elliptical, often vaporous melodies and songs of Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy, then, when coupled with his own wild, margin-less creativity, the pointillist, textured music found on Currents, Constellations comes as no surprise and great welcome. He and Lage simply play as if of one mind, unglued from any preconceived notions or tight-ass dogma. "Swing Ghost '59" follows the fast acting "Furtive" by running the gamut of finger-picking blues stroll, bandstand swing-hard rock with an effortlessness that will make most envious. Lead single "Imperfect 10" harkens back to rocker Jeff Beck's raucous and ultimately successful jazz-rock experiments of the mid-70's. And while we're in the wayback machine, the lush and hypnotic weavings of "As Close As That," Carla Bley's peacefully web-like "Temporary," and the elongated "River Mouth (Parts 1 & 2)" do recall an emergent Pat Metheny. But whereas Metheny had keyboardist Lyle Mays adding both depth and dimension to his explorations, Nels Cline relies on his and his edgy, accompanying three to manifest the exhilarating intent and beauty of talent and imagination.

Track Listing: Furtive; Swing Ghost '59; Imperfect 10; As Close As That; Amenette; Temporarily; River Mouth (Parts 1 & 2); For Each a Flower.

Personnel: Nels Cline: guitars; Julian Lage: guitars; Scott Colley: bass; Tom Rainey: drums.

Title: Currents, Constellations | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Blue Note Records

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