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Sparks Fly Upward
Alex Ensemble Cline
Sparks Fly Upward
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
 
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Alex Cline continues in the spirit of his ECM release The Lamp & the Star, with this percussion-voice-violin-guitar-keyboard-bass-lineup. Drummer/percussionist Cline has worked with jazz greats Charles Lloyd, Charlie Haden...  more »

      
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All Artists: Alex Ensemble Cline
Title: Sparks Fly Upward
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Cryptogramophone
Original Release Date: 4/12/1999
Re-Release Date: 4/6/1999
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 671860010227

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Album Description
Alex Cline continues in the spirit of his ECM release The Lamp & the Star, with this percussion-voice-violin-guitar-keyboard-bass-lineup. Drummer/percussionist Cline has worked with jazz greats Charles Lloyd, Charlie Haden, Julius Hemphill, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia and many others. Produced by famed jazz drummer Peter Erskine, Cline's latest release Sparks Fly Upward includes pieces dedicated to Tony Williams, Andrei Tarkovsky, Richard Grossman, and Eric von Essen. Mr. Cline sets to music text by Rilke, Tarkovsky and Dorothea Grossman. The Alex Cline Ensemble features singer Aina Kemanis (who has recorded with Barre Phillips and Marilyn Mazur), guitarist G. E. Stinson, violinist Jeff Gauthier, keyboardist Wayne Peet and bassist Mike Elizondo. Producer Peter Erskine writes: "Alex Cline has a musical sensibility and sensitivity that belong to another time...a time when intimate thoughts were best expressed by someone sitting down, setting pen to paper, and sending their innermost feelings by land or sea, to be read by the intended a few days or weeks later...in short, a time when time really counted. This recording is like a very special letter written by a wise friend; the news it carries is current, but its real message is timeless. The musicianship is inspired, the engineering is translucent. This album is a gift." -Peter Erskine

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Very nice spacy jazz by a great drummer
05/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This new release by California drummer Alex Cline features the same core ensemble as his previous CDs "The Lamp and the Star" (ECM) and "Montsalvat" (Nine Winds), and I think anyone who liked those records will certainly want this one too. It's on a new California label called Cryptogramophone, and was produced by the well-known drummer Peter Erskine. The group includes Aina Kemanis, voice, Jeff Gauthier, violin, Wayne Peet, keyboards, G.E. Stinson, guitar, and Michael Elizondo, bass, and all contribute very impressively. Cline himself is a great drummer who can drive powerfully, but often concentrates on more subtle textural playing. Much of this music is very spacious and atmospheric, but they get into a driving, sort of funky thing on a tribute to Tony Williams. The packaging is also extremely nice. Well worth checking out."