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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nels and Alex Cline: 50 Years in the Making

Read "Nels and Alex Cline: 50 Years in the Making" reviewed by Jonathan Manning

On their sixty-second birthday, Nels Cline and Alex Cline realized they had been playing music together for fifty years. Since their very youngest days playing music, finding inspiration in The Byrds and King Crimson and exploring jazz and experimental music most of their peers wouldn't bat an eye at, the twins have developed recordings and performed ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nels and Alex Cline at The Jazz Bakery

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Nels Cline / Alex Cline
Jazz Bakery (Moss Theater)
Santa Monica, CA
January 13, 2018

Nine years ago, Nels and Alex Cline played live as a duo for only the third time ever. On January 13, just nine days after their collective 62nd birthday, they made it the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Bradford: Live At The Magic Triangle

Read "Live At The Magic Triangle" reviewed by John Sharpe

After the well-received Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness, 2016), the arrival of a second outing for the front line of cornetist Bobby Bradford and saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh doesn't come as a surprise. This time out, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Royal Hartigan (who both feature on Modirzadeh's Post Chromodal Out! (Pi Recordings, 2012) replace Mark ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows

Read "Oceans of Vows" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Un lavoro singolare e affascinante. Grazie a un finanziamento della Shifting Foundation Alex Cline ha scritto e registrato un'ambiziosa suite, che si presenta in un doppio compact di raffinata eleganza. Due ore di musica ispirate all'Avatamsaka Sutra (in inglese Flower Garland Sutra), uno dei massimi testi della tradizione buddhista e a versi del monaco vietnamita Thich ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Jazz Bakery Receives NEA Art Works Grant

Jazz Bakery Receives NEA Art Works Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that The Jazz Bakery Performance Space will receive its fourth NEA Art Works Grant. This new award of $25,000 will support performances and youth outreach events as part of its “Concerts and Conversations with Southern California Jazz Legends” series. Artists invited to perform in this series include: Kamasi ...

Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows

Read "Alex Cline's Flower Garland Orchestra: Oceans of Vows" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite being a key participant in the “Left Coast" scene of more avant-leaning music from the American west coast--in particular, part of the Cryptogramophone imprint that, while less active than in its “glory days" during the first years of the new millennium--Alex Cline releases so infrequently as a leader that any new music from the percussionist/composer ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione: TriAngular Bent

Read "TriAngular Bent" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A lot of artists Don Preston's age, with a similar musical pedigree, are revered as “national treasures." For whatever reason, this hasn't yet happened for the veteran sonic explorer, still going strong after 84 years on the planet. Perpetually a “Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition," he's most frequently remembered for his groundbreaking work with Frank Zappa. ...