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The Giant Pin

Label: Cryptogramophone
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1. Blues, Too 2. Fly Fly 3. He Still Carries a Torch For Her 4. The Ballad of Devin Hoff 5. The Friar 6. Something About David H. 7. Bright Moon 8. A Boy Needs A Door 9. Square King 10. Spell 11. Watch Over Us

Album

The Giant Pin

Label: Cryptogramophone
Released: 2004
Track listing: 1. Blues Too 2. Fly Fly 3. He Still Carries A Torch For Her 4. The Ballad of Devin Hoff 5. The Friar 6. Something About David H. 7. Bright Moon 8. A Boy Needs A Door 9. Square Kind 10. Spell 11. Watch Over Us

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The Nels Cline Singers: The Giant Pin

Read "The Giant Pin" reviewed by Alex K. Fong


Los Angeles guitarist Nels Cline surprised some of his longtime fans when he joined the rock band Wilco earlier this year. But he has always been involved with rock and roll in some form throughout his career. He's played with Mike Watt of the Minutemen and various members of Sonic Youth. His own solo career has ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...


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