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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Those who find avant-garde jazz and free improvisation to be too abrasive are advised to check out this album, on which guitarist Nels Cline is joined by bass wizard Mark Dresser, drummer Billy Mintz, and downtown legend Zeena Parkins on electric and acoustic harp. Make no mistake about it, this music some of which is composed and some improvised is definitely challenging: tonal centers, when they exist, shift unpredictably, and Dresser and Parkins in particular make almost constant use of extended techniques that allow them to pull otherworldly sounds from their instruments. But the musical textures are generally quite delicate, and even when the music is atonal it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Those who find avant-garde jazz and free improvisation to be too abrasive are advised to check out this album, on which guitarist Nels Cline is joined by bass wizard Mark Dresser, drummer Billy Mintz, and downtown legend Zeena Parkins on electric and acoustic harp. Make no mistake about it, this music some of which is composed and some improvised is definitely challenging: tonal centers, when they exist, shift unpredictably, and Dresser and Parkins in particular make almost constant use of extended techniques that allow them to pull otherworldly sounds from their instruments. But the musical textures are generally quite delicate, and even when the music is atonal it's often very beautiful, even by conventional measures. "Alstromeria," in particular, features some lovely passages on which interlocked harp and guitar arpeggios march gently beneath Dresser's quietly wailing line of artificial harmonics, and the startlingly tortured sounds that Parkins elicits from her electric harp on "Spider Wisdom" one of the more difficult pieces on this album are lots of fun. Melodically, Cline is clearly influenced by Derek Bailey, but his tone and execution are all his, and his compositions reward the effort it sometimes takes to follow them. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2000
  • Label: Cryptogramophone
  • UPC: 671860010524
  • Catalog Number: 600105
  • Sales rank: 305,269

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 New Old Hat (7:04)
  2. 2 Spider Wisdom (5:54)
  3. 3 Circular (1:31)
  4. 4 Sunken Song (6:46)
  5. 5 Shale Bed (1:41)
  6. 6 Alstromeria (15:10)
  7. 7 Moth Song (4:49)
  8. 8 Cork Farm (2:56)
  9. 9 Queen of Angels (13:06)
  10. 10 Lullaby for Ian (5:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nels Cline Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar
Mark Dresser Contrabass (Vocal)
Billy Mintz Drums
Zeena Parkins Harp, Electric Harp
Technical Credits
Nels Cline Composer
Jeff Gauthier Producer
Rich Breen Mastering
Dan Gellert Engineer
Carol Kim Cover Art
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