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Cline, Alex / Continuation
Album:Continuation Collection:Jazz
Artist:Cline, Alex Added:02/2009
Label:Cryptogramophone 

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Add Date:2009-03-01 Pull Date:2009-05-03 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2009-03-01 
ALEX CLINE: Continuation
Cryptogramophone, 2009

AVANT/WORLD-JAZZ – Percussionist Cline leads an unusual quintet with strings and piano through adventurous, complex compositions with lots of space for improvising. There’s a definite Asian flavor to most of the melodies, with 1+7 being almost entirely melodic and the sprawling 5+6 going farthest afield. 2+4 are oblique modern jazz. It’s captivating from start to finish, the product of groundbreaking vision.

* * * * | All great, but 5 & 6 are long and rambling

1. 10:04 – slow, tranquil, beautiful: melody makes the rounds, surges & falls
2. 7:34 – solo bass, then a moody jazz pulse builds up; elusive harmony
3. 4:54 – very slow & atmospheric: loud clattery noises over simple piano line
4. 11:15 – heavy, Asian-tinged modern jazz: great drums, 2nd half goes “out”
5. 18:25 – alternates gradually between quiet, mysterious soundscapes, sad string melody, crashing & clattering percussion, bells & harmonium
6. 18:38 – long suite, many abrupt changes: calm abstraction, aggressive avant-bop, edgy strings, sweet melodies, ponderous drums, etc.
7. 5:59 – starts sparse, picks up a slow melody; pretty, but kind of gloomy too

[ Fo ] 03/01/09


Track Listing
1.Nourishing Our Roots 4.Steadfast
2.Clearing Our Streams 5.Submerge
3.Fade To Green 6.On The Bones Of The Homegoing Thunder
 7.Open Hands (Receive, Release)