It’s no secret that Nels Cline is one of my favorite guitar players. I’ve been a Wilco fan since I was in high school, and exploring his catalog after he joined that band was an ear-opening experience to say the least.
So, today, a hearty congratulations on the release of his seventh record as a leader, Initiate.
And what a killer record. Check out some streams from the record on the right sidebar player — “Floored” is a great starting point, a burner of a tune somewhere between a Hendrix power-trio instrumental, and one of those McLaughlin jams on the Tribute to Jack Johnson box. But there is plenty more than these rocked-out jams. There are quieter moments, and texture pieces, too — all in true Nels fashion of course. And the Singers — Scott Amendola and Devin Hoff — are in top form throughout.
Over at the Greenleaf webstore, we have the digital albums — it’s a double-disc, one studio and one live album — up for sale. Our friends at Cryptogramophone put this one out, along with the past Singers and Nels solo albums. You have the option to purchase the MP3 or FLAC files with full artwork on their own, or you can bundle up Initiate with the full Nels Cline discography, the full Nels Cline Singers catalog, or with the recently released Stained Radiance DVD that Greenleaf released in February.