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Nels Cline: The Inkling

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Nels Cline is normally known for his distortion-laced banshee wail on electric guitar, but his Inkling quartet affords him the opportunity to communicate on a softer dynamic with Mark Dresser’s contrabass, Billy Mintz’s drumset and Zeena Parkins’ harp. The result is at times gentler, though no less creative, than his more electrified endeavors.

The CD opens on a serene note with “New Old Lot,” a beautiful conversation between Cline’s acoustic guitar and Dresser’s contrabass with minimal percussive coloring by Mintz. This highly sensitive chamberlike aesthetic is also pursued on the lengthy “Alstromeria” suite as well as on brief, free-improv pieces like “Cork Farm,” “Circular” and “Shale Bed.”

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