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A Stellar Revisitation

  • Jan 13, 2000
Let's face it, stamp a famous dead musicians name on a cd then base the cd on one of his most well-known works and you have a built-in marketing promotion for your cd. Well, don't even start to think that this is a haphazard "tribute album" that's more about money than music.

I can't say that I agreed with the "official review" that Amazon has posted though. Nels Cline is not approximating Coltrane's phrasing or sound at all (and I do not mean that badly!). This isn't a guitarist and a drummer just recreating something that a saxophonist and a drummer did 33 years ago. This is a guitarist and a drummer taking that 33-year-old album and using it's themes only as a launching pad for their own brand of interstellar improvisations. Coltrane's INTERSTELLAR SPACE and this cd share in the same "spirit" of giving into the musical unknown, but musically-stylistically speaking, these are two very different pieces of music, and both should be in the collection of anyone who loves creative improvisation. This would have terrified and astonished Coltrane even at his most out music of '66 and '67. Nels is beautiful and insane.

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Using the legendary free-jazz summit byJohn Coltraneand Rashied Ali as an authentic sonic blueprint, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Gregg Bendian trace the impetuous improvisation ofInterstellar Spacewith startling skill and unbridled enthusiasm. While Cline's wildly expressive guitar playing approximates 'Trane's infamous "sheets-of-sound" saxophone stylings, it's actually Bendian's hyperkinetic drum excursions that propel this session into the outer regions of the jazz stratosphere. Thoughtfully embracing Coltrane's wide-open compositions like "Mars," "Leo," "Venus," and "Jupiter," Cline and Bendian explore the many creative options of their drum-guitar dyad. Recorded live and alternating between eminently peaceful passages and physically raucous interactions, the union of Cline and Bendian has resulted in a worthwhile sequel to the immortal duets of Messrs. Coltrane and Ali.--Mitch Myers
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Artist: Nels Cline
Release Date: March 31, 2009

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