Winter JazzFest 2011

Posted by: admin on January 4, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
Filed under: Donny McCaslin (News), Events, Nels Cline (News)
Winter JazzFest 2011 NYC

Ahoy! And welcome to 2011. We were still rubbing our eyes from the past week of hibernation when we remembered that the 2011 Winter JazzFest hits this weekend. The full lineup of killer musicians is over here. A couple Greenleaf-ers to take note of.

Nels Cline’s Stained Radiance with Norton Wisdom
Saturday, Jan-8 – 10:15pm
Le Poisson Rouge

Donny McCaslin Trio with Uri Caine
Saturday, Jan-8 – midnight
Kenny’s Castaways

And those out East but unable to make it to NYC, Nels is playing Stained Radiance twice more this weekend.

Nels Cline’s Stained Radiance with Norton Wisdom
Friday, Jan-07 Fairfield, CT | Fairfield Theater Company : Stage One
7:30PM

Nels Cline’s Stained Radiance with Norton Wisdom
Sunday, Jan-09 Freehold, NJ | Concerts In The Studio
5PM

Start the new year out right—go out and support this and the boatloads more great music happening this week.

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Nels Cline's Stained Radiance

Posted by: admin on December 8, 2010 @ 10:50 am
Filed under: Nels Cline (News)

Nels Cline, Stained Radiance

We saw some pretty sweet pictures from Nels Cline’s NYC performance on Monday night. Starting with a solo Nels noise set, the night moved on to a Cibo Matto reunion set. There are some videos from the night at the link above as well. Looks and sounds amazing. File under: #WishILivedInNY

So in honor of that show, we put up the Stained Radiance DVD as our Record of the Day. That’s an $8 DVD of Nels ripping with painter Norton Wisdom supplying the visuals (trailer below). As for the digital piece of the ROTD, we’ve added the Nels Cline Singers album, Initiate, to the DVD special.

Also, those who’s ears are still ringing from the other night’s performance, be sure to mark your calenders for the 3 Nels/Norton performances in January 2011.

01/07 Fairfield, CT | Fairfield Theater Company : Stage One
Stained Radiance (Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom)
7:30PM

01/08 NYC | Winter Jazzfest
Stained Radiance (Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom)

01/09 Freehold, NJ | Concerts In The Studio
Stained Radiance (Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom)
5PM

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Nels Cline’s Stained Radiance

Posted by: admin on @ 10:50 am
Filed under: Nels Cline (News)

Nels Cline, Stained Radiance

We saw some pretty sweet pictures from Nels Cline’s NYC performance on Monday night. Starting with a solo Nels noise set, the night moved on to a Cibo Matto reunion set. There are some videos from the night at the link above as well. Looks and sounds amazing. File under: #WishILivedInNY

So in honor of that show, we put up the Stained Radiance DVD as our Record of the Day. That’s an $8 DVD of Nels ripping with painter Norton Wisdom supplying the visuals (trailer below). As for the digital piece of the ROTD, we’ve added the Nels Cline Singers album, Initiate, to the DVD special.

Also, those who’s ears are still ringing from the other night’s performance, be sure to mark your calenders for the 3 Nels/Norton performances in January 2011.

01/07 Fairfield, CT | Fairfield Theater Company : Stage One
Stained Radiance (Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom)
7:30PM

01/08 NYC | Winter Jazzfest
Stained Radiance (Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom)

01/09 Freehold, NJ | Concerts In The Studio
Stained Radiance (Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom)
5PM

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Nicole's flutes

Posted by: admin on October 6, 2010 @ 7:37 am
Filed under: Culture, Nels Cline (News)

We were saddened to read in the Chicago Tribune today that two of Nicole Mitchell’s flutes were stolen on her recent European tour.

via Howard Reich @ Chicago Tribune
It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a musician – a prized instrument gets stolen.

For Chicago jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell, the news was doubly bad: Both her Muramatsu solid silver flute and Powell signature piccolo were grabbed while she was in Milan, playing the MITO Festival on Sept. 14.

“I was in a state of shock … I just couldn’t really believe it,” recalls Mitchell, one of Chicago’s most celebrated jazz musicians.

“For one thing, those instruments – I paid every penny for them, and it was a real sacrifice in order to get them,” adds Mitchell, 43.

She’s also offering a $1,000 reward for the return of her instruments, “no questions asked,” she says (the serial number on her Muramatsu flute is 94657).

Still, Mitchell is trying to make the best of it.

“I’m still hopeful that something good will come out of this, that there’s a bigger picture in all of this that maybe is not easy to see in the moment,” she says.

Contact Nicole at nicolemitchell.com if you have any info.

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Nicole’s flutes

Posted by: admin on @ 7:37 am
Filed under: Culture, Nels Cline (News)

We were saddened to read in the Chicago Tribune today that two of Nicole Mitchell’s flutes were stolen on her recent European tour.

via Howard Reich @ Chicago Tribune
It’s one of the worst things that can happen to a musician – a prized instrument gets stolen.

For Chicago jazz flutist Nicole Mitchell, the news was doubly bad: Both her Muramatsu solid silver flute and Powell signature piccolo were grabbed while she was in Milan, playing the MITO Festival on Sept. 14.

“I was in a state of shock … I just couldn’t really believe it,” recalls Mitchell, one of Chicago’s most celebrated jazz musicians.

“For one thing, those instruments – I paid every penny for them, and it was a real sacrifice in order to get them,” adds Mitchell, 43.

She’s also offering a $1,000 reward for the return of her instruments, “no questions asked,” she says (the serial number on her Muramatsu flute is 94657).

Still, Mitchell is trying to make the best of it.

“I’m still hopeful that something good will come out of this, that there’s a bigger picture in all of this that maybe is not easy to see in the moment,” she says.

Contact Nicole at nicolemitchell.com if you have any info.

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Initiate Release Day

Posted by: admin on April 13, 2010 @ 8:50 am
Filed under: Cryptogramophone, Nels Cline (News)

It’s no secret that Nels Cline is one of my favorite guitar players. I’ve been a Wilco fan since I was in high school, and exploring his catalog after he joined that band was an ear-opening experience to say the least.

So, today, a hearty congratulations on the release of his seventh record as a leader, Initiate.

Initiate

And what a killer record. Check out some streams from the record on the right sidebar player — “Floored” is a great starting point, a burner of a tune somewhere between a Hendrix power-trio instrumental, and one of those McLaughlin jams on the Tribute to Jack Johnson box. But there is plenty more than these rocked-out jams. There are quieter moments, and texture pieces, too — all in true Nels fashion of course. And the Singers — Scott Amendola and Devin Hoff — are in top form throughout.

Over at the Greenleaf webstore, we have the digital albums — it’s a double-disc, one studio and one live album — up for sale. Our friends at Cryptogramophone put this one out, along with the past Singers and Nels solo albums. You have the option to purchase the MP3 or FLAC files with full artwork on their own, or you can bundle up Initiate with the full Nels Cline discography, the full Nels Cline Singers catalog, or with the recently released Stained Radiance DVD that Greenleaf released in February.

Happy listening.

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