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Nels Cline and Julian Lage's new collaborative album is called Room.
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October 8, 2014 NPR's Melissa Block and music critic Tom Moon discuss the thrill of intimacy on three new albums by duos.
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Nels Cline Singers' new album, Macroscope, comes out April 29.
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April 20, 2014 Macroscope is a frightening and enlightening journey - one that has no boundaries, and the kind of musicianship needed to make it a memorable experience.
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December 16, 2013 Cline expertly shifts from one genre to another, with an emphasis on melodic improv and minimalism. Hear the guitarist and composer perform songs from 2009's Coward in this archived session from the same year.
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August 17, 2011 The violinist is one of the most versatile musicians working today — she collaborates with Bill Frisell, Norah Jones and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, among others. Her newest band is in this live recording.
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Artist Norton Wisdom improvises a new painting to the live music of guitarist Nels Cline at Winter Jazzfest 2011.
January 10, 2011 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen attends the Winter Jazzfest 2011 and finds something he says rock rarely has: fiery and crafty improvisation.
Artist Ed Ruscha, writer and producer David Breskin and musician Nels Cline.
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November 24, 2010 Handcrafted book projects by artists are again on the rise. With two sides like a record, Dirty Baby features David Breskin's poetry and Nels Cline's music, inspired by work from seminal Los Angeles visual artist Ed Ruscha.
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Left to right: Scott Amendola, Devin Hoff and Nels Cline.
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October 1, 2010 Nels Cline brought his free-jazz trio, The Nels Cline Singers (which includes no singers), to this Piano Jazz session with guest host Jon Weber. Hear a set of richly layered free improvisations and a familiar tune or two.
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September 7, 2010 The preposterously skilled and adaptable guitarist is best known for his nasty solos with Wilco. He's also part of the underground rock and jazz scenes, where he makes challenging, expressive music.
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Nels Cline Singers' "Floored" is an urging, groove-driven vehicle for Cline's scurrying, wah-wah- and fuzz-saturated guitar work.
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June 9, 2010 The overall aesthetic of "Floored," and especially the taut unison lines that seem to crop up out of nowhere, evokes the early years of jazz-rock fusion, when the music was truly an audacious, psychedelic experiment and hadn't yet been commoditized.
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April 4, 2010 Nels Cline plays guitar with Wilco, has created a modern version of John Coltrane's Interstellar Space, and has appeared on more than 150 records. His new album Initiate, is a two-disc collection with a distinctly mysterious beauty.
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