The Nels Cline Singers

The Nels Cline Singers

The Nels Cline Singers are a trio of avant-assassins led by guitarist Nels Cline. Formed in 2001, The Singers have released 4 albums on Cryptogramophone that combine wide-ranging compositions with group improvisations, and run the gamut between delicate lyricism, and skull-crunching flights of fancy. Since joining the critically acclaimed rock group Wilco in 2004, Nels Cline has emerged as one of the most respected and unclassifiable musicians active today – memorably described by Jazz Times as “the world’s most dangerous guitarist” and by New York Times writer/bestselling author David Carr (Night of the Gun) as “one of the best guitarists in any genre.”

Ironically, Cline formed the Singers at the urging of versatile drummer Scott Amendola, a New Jersey-born Black Sabbath and Ornette Coleman acolyte who had gained prominence in San Francisco’s’ heady, dot-com era music scene of the early 90s though his collaborations with guitarist Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Philip Greenlief. It was Greenlief who introduced Cline to Amendola, who then brought in Colorado native Devin Hoff, a young contrabassist equally at ease with Norwegian Black Metal as he was with jazz standards and improvised music.

What emerged was a impeccably pedigreed and potently eclectic band of three successive generations of vanguard virtuosos whose buzz has only grown with each subsequent release Instrumentals (2002), The Giant Pin (2004), Draw Breath (2007) and their most recent double-album Initiate (2010).


The Nels Cline Singers Discography Tracks


cg113 The Nels Cline Singers Instrumentals(CD, Album) Cryptogramophone cg113 US 2002 Sell This Version
CG120 The Nels Cline Singers The Giant Pin(CD, Album) Cryptogramophone CG120 US 2004 Sell This Version
The Nels Cline Singers Draw Breath (Album) Cryptogramophone US 2007 Sell This Version
The Nels Cline Singers Initiate (Album) Cryptogramophone US 2010 Sell This Version
80708-2 Rova* & Nels Cline Singers* Rova* & Nels Cline Singers* - The Celestial Septet(CD, Album) New World Records 80708-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
The Nels Cline Singers Macroscope (Album) Mack Avenue US 2014 Sell This Version


none The Nels Cline Singers Tiny Desk Concert(File, MP3, 128) National Public Radio none 2010