Rova & Nels Cline Singers / Celestial Septet, The
Album:Celestial Septet, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Rova & Nels Cline Singers Added:Mar 2010
Label:New World Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-04-11 Pull Date:2010-06-13 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Jun 13Jun 6May 30May 2Apr 25Apr 18

Recent Airplay
1.Dec 16, 2021:Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Dec 11, 2021)
The Buried Quilt
4.Dec 02, 2012:Jazz Iz and Den Some
Head Count
2.Dec 11, 2021:Music Casserole
The Buried Quilt
5.Oct 14, 2012:Jazz Iz
Trouble Ticket, Trouble Ticket
3.Dec 30, 2015:Music Casserole
The Buried Quilt
6.Aug 26, 2012:Jazz Iz and Dem Some
Whose To Know (For Albert Ayler)

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-04-11 
ROVA + NELS CLINE SINGERS: The Celestial Septet
New World, 2010

AVANT-GARDE – Two of the leading bands of the west coast avant-garde join forces for a masterful excursion, not super far-out but very cerebral and challenging. The group sounds merge excellently: as you might expect, Cline thrills while the Rova gang intrigues and rhythm section kicks ass in the background. Very solid stuff; recommended.

* * * * * | All tracks excellent!

1. 12:45 – mystical calm: a slow, moaning melody evolves very gradually… becomes more abstract in second half, slowly blooming and dying

2. 12:25 – oddball popping theme; scrappy sax banter over strange backdrop; tweaked-out electronic/guitar solo gets spazzy

3. 25:23 – spacious intro; becomes warm & optimistic; guitar solo twists, gets dense & piercing; complex ensemble play; ~13:00 saxes all go nuts; group squeals, then long bass solo; gentle improv up to final surge

4. 02:26 – strange, happy sort of march; Cline totally wigs out on top

5. 15:59 – very slow, mysterious, ominous… high, eerie sax tones; becomes wide open with gloopy electronics; in second half, sudden bursts of high-speed free jazz alternate with quieter improv interplay

[ Fo ] 04/11/10

Track Listing
1.Cesar Chávez 3.Whose To Know (For Albert Ayler)
2.Trouble Ticket 4.Head Count
 5.The Buried Quilt