The Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

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modern jazz with rock and free jazz ethos


Accessible experimental jazz for guitar shredders


Lots of guitar here. Earlier tracks are loaded with face-melting jazz guitar solos, with Cline coming out swinging; enlivened by percussive pushes. Middle tracks like 'red before orange' showcase his sweet tone.

Later tracks break away from structure, becoming more textural with bits of percussion and electronics. Really like the track 'seven zed heaven' which starts off with a swinging thing that turns into a tension building piece (Cyro's on this! Awesome weird percussive textures for this not familiar (see Hairy Mother intro).

Great album that rewards repeat listens.

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Description: Album Review of The Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope

Rating: 4 out of 5