Cryptonights in California

Cryptogramophone artists will be featured at Cryptonights in Oakland and LA.

March 25-26 at Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA
Wed March 25, 8PM & 10PM:
Alex Cline Continuation Quintet
Myra Melford and Be Bread
Thurs March 26, 8PM & 10PM:
The Jeff Gauthier Goatette
The Nels Cline Singers

March 27-28 at REDCAT in L.A., CA
Fri March 27 – 8:30 PM:
Alex Cline Continuation Quintet
Myra Melford and Be Bread
Sat March 28 – 8:30 PM:
The Jeff Gauthier Goatette
The Nels Cline Singers
Coward Continuation

Cryptonights 2009
Cryptogramophone Records presents four evenings of creative jazz featuring guitarist Nels Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier, pianist Myra Melford, and drummer-percussionist Alex Cline, each leading their own ensembles.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25 & FRIDAY MARCH 27
Drummer/percussionist Alex Cline celebrates the release of his new CD “Continuation” with his Continuation Quintet featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jeff Gauthier on violin, Maggie Parkins on cello, and Scott Walton on bass. Cline’s music combines subtle and breathtaking shifts in timbre, texture and mood to create compositions of transcendental beauty.

Myra Melford presents her band Be Bread, featuring trumpeter Cuong Vu, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummer Matt Wilson. Melford is one of the most influential women in jazz, and her colorful music reflects both years on the Downtown Scene, as well as extensive study in India.

THURSDAY MARCH 26 & SATURDAY MARCH 28
The evening opens with violinist Jeff Gauthier’s Goatette with Nels Cline on guitar, Alex Cline on drums, David Witham on piano, and Joel Hamilton on bass. BBCi says “Gauthier and his group show how it should be done, rooting themselves solidly in the jazz tradition while at the same time extending and revitalizing it.”

Guitarist Nels Cline who has worked with everyone from Charlie Haden and Thurston Moore to his current gig with Wilco, presents The Nels Cline Singers featuring Devin Hoff on bass and Scott Amendola on drums. Nels will be celebrating the release of his new solo CD “Coward.”

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AMN Picks of the Week

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Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

E.R.A. – Introducing…the E.R.A. (2008, free jazz)
Reut Regev – This is R Time (2009, creative jazz)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Omar – Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007, avant-rock)
Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature (2009, free jazz)
Bertram Turetzky / Damon Smith – Thoughtbeetle (2009, free jazz)
Alex Cline – Continuation (2009, jazz)
David S. Ware – Shakti (2009, free jazz)
Rick Helzer / Vinny Golia (Fancy Meeting You Here (2005, free jazz)
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Live @ Largo (2009, jazz)
Squadra Omega – Tenebroso (2008, free form jam)
Squadra Omega – Rennesle Chateau (2008, free form jam)
Michael Riessler – Mirage (2009, modern composed classical / jazz)

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Nels Cline, Alex Cline Interview

Nels Cline of WILCO with Norton Wisdom
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NPR Music interviews the Cline brothers.

You may not have heard of Nels Cline. But if you’re a fan of the band Wilco, you’ve probably heard his guitar.

Nels Cline joined the massively popular band in 2004 and appears on its latest recording Sky Blue Sky. But for his new album, Coward, Cline is a one-man band: He’s overdubbed himself on guitars and several other instruments.

Not that he doesn’t have anyone to play with. For years, Cline has played guitar in many experimental rock and jazz bands — and he grew up practicing with his identical twin brother, Alex.

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New Release Tuesday

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Just a quick reminder that four highly anticipated albums are out today. Efforts by Alex Cline and Nels Cline have been released on Cryptogramophone, and recordings by David S. Ware (actually released 2 weeks ago) and the trio of William Parker, Gerald Cleaver and Craig Taborn are out on Aum Fidelity.

And, all four are available now on eMusic. Surf, download, repeat.

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New Nels and Alex Cline Releases on Cryptogramophone

From Cryptogramophone:

Alex Cline – Continuation

Alex Cline – drums and percussion
Peggy Lee – cello
Myra Melford – piano and harmonium
Scott Walton – bass
Jeff Gauthier – violin

Percussionist Alex Cline steps into the limelight with Continuation, a beautiful recording featuring Myra Melford on piano, Jeff Gauthier on violin, Peggy Lee on cello, Scott Walton on bass, and Alex Cline on drums and percussion. Alex’s music defies all genres with swinging strings, infectious grooves, and extended moments of transcendental beauty. This is a stunning collection of music from the drummer/percussionist/composer who has worked with Arthur Blythe, Tim Berne, Henry Grimes, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Julius Hemphill, and many others.

Nels Cline – Coward

Guitarist Nels Cline, recently named a “Guitar God” by Rolling Stone Magazine, presents a brilliant solo CD that covers an extraordinarily broad range of musical styles, with a surprising acoustic sensibility. The provocative title belies the intensely personal nature of this album which demonstrates a daring musicianship and a willingness to take musical and emotional risks. Coward blends improvisation and composition with a huge and constantly changing emotional and timbral palette. “Coward” is a musical tour de force.

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Cline Twins to Release New Albums Early Next Year

Nels Cline
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Greenleaf Music (which is running a great blogging series by the Cryptogramophone guys) has announced that that label (Cryptogramophone) will release albums by Alex Cline and Nels Cline next year. Samples are available.

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