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NELS CLINE


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Guitar master-explorer NELS CLINE should need no introduction having held the guitar seat in Wilco for nearly nine years and counting. Combining breathtaking technique with an informed musical intelligence, the self-taught Cline displays a mastery of guitar expression that encompasses delicate lyricism, sonic abstractions, and skull-crunching flights of fancy, inspiring Jazz Times to call him "The World's Most Dangerous Guitarist." His recording and performing career - spanning jazz, rock, punk, and experimental - is well into its fourth decade, with over 130 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Born in Los Angeles in 1956, Cline has received many accolades including Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 "new guitar gods" and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Beyond Wilco, he leads The Nels Cline Singers (featuring Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn), Fig (a collaboration with Yuka Honda), and a new duo project with former child prodigy Julian Lage. Some of the musicians with whom he has performed and/or recorded include: Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Yoko Ono, Alex Cline, Mike Watt, Carla Bozulich, Vinny Golia, Marc Ribot, Bill Frisell, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Lydia Lunch and Thurston Moore.

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