THE NELS CLINE SINGERS

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There are no ac­tual singers in the Nels Cline Singers. That’s your first clue. When he’s not busy be­ing adored by mil­lions with Chicago alt.rock­ers Wilco, gui­tarist Nels Cline rev­els in mis­chief and mis­di­rec­tion, rang­ing freely across rock, jazz, elec­tron­ica and coun­try, with pit stops every­where from Brazil to Ap­palachia. Cline’s trio, with drum­mer Scott Amen­dola and bassist Trevor Dunn, is a taut, purely in­stru­men­tal en­sem­ble (al­though Cline does un­der­mine his own irony oc­ca­sion­ally by singing along word­lessly). There are echoes of early Weather Re­port and late Coltrane in the group’s big sound, along with world flavours from guests in­clud­ing Brazil­ian per­cus­sion­ist Cyro Bap­tista. Those with a taste for such jazzy rock­ers as Marc Ri­bot and Wayne Krantz will find plenty to like here. nelscline.com

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