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Nels Cline

Nels Cline: Lovers


Nels Cline: Lovers

Sunday, April 9, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Love Songs Series: Across the Continents  

Nels Cline: Lovers

Guitarist Nels Cline On 'Lovers,' An Album 25 Years In The Making (via NPR Music)

A visionary guitarist and member of the superstar band Wilco, Nels Cline has brilliantly balanced his career as a major pop music figure and a boundary-breaking exploratory musician. With a background encompassing experimental rock with iconoclasts Mike Watt and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore as well as the fringes of jazz and improvised music with Julius Hemphill and Wadada Leo Smith, Cline was dubbed “the Avant Romantic” by Rolling Stone, who placed him among their 2007 "Top 20 New Guitar Gods" and 2011 list of "Greatest Guitarists of All Time." In addition to his innumerable collaborations, including an audacious 1999 revisiting of John Coltrane’s Interstellar Space with drummer Gregg Bendian, Cline leads a number of stimulating ensembles including The Nels Cline Singers, featuring bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola. For this night, he performs music from his expansive new Blue Note album Lovers, a suite of music inspired by Bill Evans, Gil Evans, and Jim Hall that is built around the themes of love and intimacy, with a band including guitarist Julian Lage, violinist Carla Kihlstedt, and trumpeter Steven Bernstein. Cline describes the project this way: “I have been dreaming about, planning, and re-working my rather obsessive idea of this record for well over twenty-five years. I hope Lovers offers something of an update of the “mood music” idea and ideal, while celebrating and challenging our iconic notion of romance.”

Artist Personnel

Steven Bernstein trumpet
Nels Cline electric guitar
Alex Cline drums
Dan Clucas trumpet
Michael Dessen trombone
Brad Dutz vibraphone, marimba, percussion
Jeff Gauthier violin
Ben Goldberg contra-alto clarinet, Bb clarinet
Vinny Golia woodwinds
Devin Hoff bass
Yuka C Honda celeste, synth
Julian Lage electric & acoustic guitar, Dobro
Michael Leonhart conductor, trumpet, flugelhorn
Zeena Parkins harp
Maggie Parkins cello
Sara Schoenbeck bassoon
Gavin Templeton Bb clarinet

Artist Website

"Whether Cline is convulsing through a solo that flirts with the edge of chaos alongside Wilco or his own expressive projects, his relentlessly exploratory approach has become something of a signature at a time when many guitarists sound interchangeable " — Los Angeles Times
"The world’s most dangerous guitarist " — JazzTimes