Sitting Back Easy with Patto

Posted by: admin on August 30, 2010 @ 11:23 am
Filed under: Listening, Music

A few weeks ago, I had a brief tweeting with @billforman. He did an interview with Nels Cline — no secret we’re fans of Nels around here — in which Nels mentions his and Jeff Tweedy’s mutual admiration for the band Patto. You can read a lot about Patto over at Wiki. Ollie Halsall is one of my favorite guitarists. My band also covered this tune from the unfinished record Monkey’s Bum once (great horn chart).

But anyway, their self-title debut has been at the top of my lists of records I’ve wanted on wax for awhile. So after that conversation, I checked out eBay. Two years ago, they were going for $50-75. Now, it’s hard to find one under $200. Ridiculous that a record would cost that much, in my opinion. But, one chilled-out Sunday morning, I put in a bid on an auction just as it was ending, and to my surprise… I won. $22.43 later, it just arrived. I have to nominate for Steal of the Year.

Patto on desk

If you haven’t heard these guys, you should. Seriously. Highest recommendation.

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Nels on Miles

Posted by: admin on May 27, 2010 @ 11:19 am
Filed under: Listening, Music

A cool new podcast just posted over at jazzonline.com with Nels Cline talking about his introduction to Miles, the electric years with John McLaughlin, and it’s lasting influence on his own playing. Always great to hear artists talking about artists. Especially when it’s one of my favorite guitar players talking about my favorite Miles period.

And that reminded me of a post from awhile back that Dave wrote on the Complete Cellar Door recordings — one of my favorite of the Artist Thoughts posts. The archives of this blog have 5 years worth of these great posts. It’s been on my list of things to do to go through and repost some of these. Here’s a start anyway.

Illuminations on the Cellar Door
April 25th, 2006 | Author: Dave Douglas

I was listening to Miles Davis’ 1970 recordings from the Cellar Door, a space in Washington, DC. These recordings went into making the album Live Evil in 1970. It is an absolute classic of an album, and yet it falls in that controversial zone that separates lovers of early Miles from those entranced by the second half of his recorded tenure, the electric years.

Much has been said about Miles Davis and his music. Sometimes too much, and for that reason I have hesitated to jump in. But in the words of trombonist George Lewis, music doesn’t speak for itself. We have to talk about it because it doesn’t talk. I imagine Miles having the last laugh because like it or not everyone is still talking about his music. I’ll at least try to be concise.

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Stained Radiance Released

Posted by: admin on January 26, 2010 @ 10:38 am
Filed under: Cryptogramophone, Greenleaf Music News

Thanks to all who have preordered their copy of this DVD. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been these past couple weeks. Such a spectacle to watch and hear. Watch the trailer for Stained Radiance.

Today is the official release day. So at days end our celebratory sale on all Nels Cline Cyptogramophone albums will be taken down. Act now and get all of those great records for $7 (MP3s @ 320kbps) or $9 (lossless FLACs).

Be sure to make it out to the record release show a week from today.

Tuesday, 02-02 | Long Beach, CA | DiPiazza
Nels Cline + Norton Wisdom

I also came across a clip of another live performance from this duo the other day…

Awesome.

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Stained Radiance DVD – Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom

Posted by: admin on January 13, 2010 @ 2:51 pm
Filed under: Cryptogramophone, Greenleaf Music News

Guitarist Nels Cline and ar Norton Wisdom, both masters of their medium, joined together last year for an afternoon of sonic and visual improvisation caught on film by Aeght Nign. Armed with his guitar and effects, Cline constructs lush soundscapes brought about by Wisdom’s brush-stroke spontaneity. Wisdom in turn follows Cline’s auditory twists creating and recreating the same canvas.

Two mesmerizing performances are included on the DVD along with special features like the Norton Headcam, and a behind-the-scenes look into the sessions.

Preorder the DVD at our store.

Stained Radiance – Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom from Greenleaf Music.

Also, all Nels Cline albums are on sale for 30% off during the Stained Radiance preorder. Links below.

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Coward Draw Breath New Monestary
Giant Pin Instrumentals The Inkling

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Stained Radiance DVD – Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom

Posted by: admin on @ 2:51 pm
Filed under: Cryptogramophone, Greenleaf Music News

Guitarist Nels Cline and ar Norton Wisdom, both masters of their medium, joined together last year for an afternoon of sonic and visual improvisation caught on film by Aeght Nign. Armed with his guitar and effects, Cline constructs lush soundscapes brought about by Wisdom’s brush-stroke spontaneity. Wisdom in turn follows Cline’s auditory twists creating and recreating the same canvas.

Two mesmerizing performances are included on the DVD along with special features like the Norton Headcam, and a behind-the-scenes look into the sessions.

Preorder the DVD at our store.

Stained Radiance – Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom from Greenleaf Music.

Also, all Nels Cline albums are on sale for 30% off during the Stained Radiance preorder. Links below.

Photobucket
Coward Draw Breath New Monestary
Giant Pin Instrumentals The Inkling

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