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The Nels Cline Singers: Share The Wealth

Read "Share The Wealth" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist Nels Cline has led the Nels Cline Singers since 2002. While they have sometimes had guest performers on their recordings, the core band has been a trio of Cline, drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn (originally Devin Hoff). This album expands the group to a sextet with the addition of saxophonist Skerik, keyboardist Brian Marsella and percussionist Cyro Baptista. The experimental ante was further upped by the fact that they had never before played together in this combination, ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: The Giant Pin

Read "The Giant Pin" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Whatever your opinion of guitarist Nels Cline, his pointedly iconoclastic style leaves little room for argument. That's especially true with the Nels Cline Singers, now on their second release after the appropriately-named and like-minded Instrumentals (Cryptogramophone, 2002). Clearly literate with the improvised music tradition, Cline demands more. Pay attention, listen closely, and learn: in the fractured zone between punk, progressive rock, jazz, electronica, and neo-tribal futurism lie all sorts of loose ends just waiting to be tied together in unpredictable ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: The Giant Pin

Read "The Giant Pin" reviewed by John Kelman


What is jazz? Improvisation is a big part of it, sure, but improvisation can be found in other genres. Is it an innate sense of swing? Maybe, but there are plenty of artists out there who are considered jazz artists and don't swing at all. Is it improvisation in a context where styles are cross-fused? Closer, but there are artists who stick faithfully to one clearly defined sub-genre and are absolutely pure in their approach. Guitarist Nels Cline and his ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: The Giant Pin

Read "The Giant Pin" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


Pushing jazz into territory usually reserved for hardcore, ambient, and dark wave electronica, the Nels Cline Singers' latest release, The Giant Pin , employs a wide array of electronics, musical technique, and compositional audacity to produce a sonically varied, deadly experimental amalgam of genres and styles. Incorporating undulating waves of pure texture, metal-loud drum beats, and distortion-laden guitar--as well as minimalist, floating soundscapes--with traditional jazz vernacular and improvisational structures, the Nels Cline Singers have done what all of jazz's pantheon ...


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