Nels Cline's debut recording for legendary jazz label Blue Note marks a 25-year odys sey and obsession for Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. The album has the spirit and romance of perennial artists and arrangers like Henry Mancini and Johnny Mandel and fuses that with a contemporary aesthetic and eclecticism.
Featured is a large orchestral ensemble arranged and conducted by Michael Leonhart. The leader covers deep cuts of American Songbook fare as well as items from the canon of Sonic Youth, Annette Peacock and Arto Lindsay. Cline is a crafty vintner fully schooled at pouring old wine into new bottles.
Score: 9 out of 10