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Nels Cline Singers, Macrosope (Mack Avenue Records)




Nels Cline Singers, Macrosope (Mack Avenue Records)
CD Reviews 3-20-2014

03/20/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 I’ll be honest. If Cline weren’t the guitar player for Wilco, I probably wouldn’t have given this as many listens as I did. And yes, I’m glad — not overjoyed, but yeah, glad — I did. Aside: I’ve gotten a kick over the “totally awesome, methinks!” reviews from indie-rawk kiddies who don’t really know what this is supposed to be (Mack Avenue is a very big jazz label, in case you want proof of authenticity) — not that I feel overly confident about it either, but the short version is that it’s a jazz-fusion LP , his fifth with these “singers,” who don’t actually sing but instead help support his loopback odysseys with assorted electronics and instruments. Lots of dissonance goes on, as well as extended forays of loping, irresistible prettiness (“The Wedding Band”), a really perfect concoction if you love Zappa, John McLaughlin and Wilco equally and can deal with Mingus. Although I’m not a wild-eyed fan of dissonant, wayward, show-offy jazz chords (my parents were New England Conservatory, not Berklee), there’s so much depth and adventurousness to this album I do look forward to getting more familiar with it. A- — Eric W. Saeger






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