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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Nels Cline 4 At Higher Ground

Read "The Nels Cline 4 At Higher Ground" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Nels Cline 4
Showcase Lounge at Higher Ground
South Burlington, Vermont
July 2, 2018

The actual calendar date of July 4th was two days away and the biggest local celebration was scheduled for the very next night at Burlington's waterfront. Yet some bonafide fireworks occurred in the Showcase Lounge of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Currents, Constellations

Read "Currents, Constellations" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

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 ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No one can accuse guitarist Nels Cline of being predictable. He has recorded with his avant-garde trio the Nels Cline Singers most consistently (with bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola), but also led larger groups, such as the one on New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006). More recently there was his duet with guitarist Julian Lage on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

When I first heard excerpts from Nels Cline's Lovers project, I wasn't too impressed. I thought it sounded like some kind of archaic “mood music" album. Then as I heard more about the set, including the songs being performed and the personnel performing them, I became intrigued. Now I've heard the entire thing and understand what ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Huntsville: Pond

Read "Pond" reviewed by John Eyles

Since the Norwegian trio Huntsville first came together in 2006, they have been eclectic enough to keep listeners guessing what to expect next and who they might collaborate with, making each of their album releases an intriguing and exciting event. After their debut album For The Middle Class (Rune Grammofon, 2006) featured the three core players--guitarist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 4-6

Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2014, Days 4-6" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-2 | Days 4-6 | Days 7- 9

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Bill Frisell Guitar in the Space Age!
Julian Lage & Nels Cline / Bill Frisell Go West
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa, Canada
June 20-July 1, 2014

While not necessarily an intentional decision, the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

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, ...

Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2

Read "Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2" reviewed by John Kelman

In retrospect, it was inevitable; why it took so long for veteran jazz jam band Medeski, Martin & Wood to get together with Nels Cline is anybody's guess. The über-guitarist has, since joining Wilco a decade ago, managed to significantly raise his visibility, but anybody who suggests that he's been “moonlighting" in the alt-country/alt-rock/alt-alt band to ...