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Nels Cline and Julian Lage: Room

Read "Room" reviewed by Paul Naser

Serious fans of guitar may have heard of both Nels Cline and Julian Lage, but many listeners more likely know only one or the other of these guitar giants. The two innovators have very different styles and sounds. Cline is known primarily for his work with Wilco and The Nels Cline Singers, where his compositions function ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

Read "Macroscope" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La luminosa carriera di Nels Cline è talmente ben consolidata che non serve alcuna conferma. Ma se per caso qualcuno si fosse distratto negli ultimi trent'anni, arriva oggi un segnale che non si può ignorare: con questo Macroscope il chitarrista californiano riafferma il suo posto di riguardo nella lista dei dieci chitarristi più interessanti della sua ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

Read "Macroscope" reviewed by Troy Collins

Macroscope is a first for guitarist Nels Cline's ironically named band, The Nels Cline Singers, in more ways than one. The group's four previous albums were released by the notoriously adventurous Cryptogramophone label, so it is somewhat surprising to see the amplified power trio's latest endeavor issued by the relatively mainstream Mack Avenue imprint. More importantly, ...

The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope

Read "The Nels Cline Singers: Macroscope" reviewed by Matt Marshall

With the release of this album by The Nels Cline Singers, Detroit's Mack Avenue Records takes a bold leap into the outer fringes of jazz. Their impressive slate of artists already included the likes of Kenny Garrett, Sean Jones and Christian McBride, who are open to pushing jazz boundaries, but the label had no one who ...

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Slumgum: Quardboard Flavored Fiber

Read "Quardboard Flavored Fiber" reviewed by Dave Wayne

While it's true that a really great band is capable of expanding its listeners' musical vocabularies, it turns out that this LA-based quartet's name is also a vocabulary-builder in the literal sense. Slumgum is actually a real word that refers to the waste products from beekeeping operations. Those with the good fortune to hear either of ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: Initiate

Read "Initiate" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nels Cline è molto di più che non il chitarrista dei Wilco. La sua lunga avventura musicale è una dimostrazione chiarissima di una classe cristallina e di una grande abilità nel manipolare i generi musicali. Sempre con la stella polare dell'improvvisazione e dell'avanguardia ben salda in mezzo al cielo, a indicare la strada. Ogni sua prova discografica sembra volere alzare l'asticella, ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: Initiate

Read "Initiate" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The release of the Nels Cline Singers 2-disc Initiate, a two hour-and-fifteen minute behemoth of sound, calls to mind a similar effort of 30 years ago, entitled Sandinista! (Epic, 1980) by the influential punk band turned prophets, The Clash. Like Mick Jones and Joe Strummer's 3-LP project, Cline's vision is too big to be encapsulated into ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: Initiate

Read "Initiate" reviewed by Troy Collins

Called “The World's Most Dangerous Guitarist" by Jazz Times and named one of twenty “Guitar Gods" by Rolling Stone, Nels Cline's profile has expanded considerably since his collaborations with underground personalities like Thurston Moore and Mike Watt and recruitment by Wilco in 2004. Cline's roots in the West Coast jazz scene pre-date his newfound mainstream recognition ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: Draw Breath

Read "Draw Breath" reviewed by Troy Collins

Draw Breath, the third album from guitarist Nels Cline's ironically named instrumental trio, The Nels Cline Singers, offers another superlative collection of diverse electro-acoustic improvisation.

Cline has been the subject of an unprecedented amount of press for an avant-garde musician, courtesy of his recent stint as lead guitarist for Wilco and his designation as ...

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The Nels Cline Singers: Draw Breath

Read "Draw Breath" reviewed by John Kelman

2007 is shaping up to be the year for outstanding releases by guitarists in and around the jazz sphere. Steve Khan, John Abercrombie and David Torn have already released some of their best work in years. Add to that Nels Cline, whose New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006) was on many critics' “best of" lists. Draw Breath pares ...