Nels Cline

Nels’s Contributions


08/31/11    Artist's Choice

Artist's Choice: Nels Cline on Jim Hall

The sonically provocative guitarist picks 10 classic tracks by the archtop legend


January/February 2007    Features

Dedication: Nels Cline Pays Homage to Andrew Hill

In 1971, when my twin brother Alex and I were about 16 years old, we were exposed to the music of John Coltrane by a friend who thought my brother would like the music since he loved Frank Zappa’s “instrumental stuff.” As West Los Angeles rock ’n’ roll fiends...

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About Nels Cline


One of the most versatile and imaginative guitarists today, native Los Angelean Nels Cline feels as much at home playing melodic country-rock as he does dissonant, avant-garde jazz. Born in 1956, he grew up in the ’70s listening to the varied sounds of Hendrix, Coltrane, John Fahey and Roger McGuinn. Possessing an insatiable appetite for diverse expression, Cline currently performs with alt-country band Wilco, arcane chanteuse Carla Bozulich and alongside experimentalists like Thurston Moore and Zeena Parkins.

Nels Cline joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008