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Saxophonist Jessica Lurie leads a core band comprised of Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose, and Scott Amendola through one of the strongest, most musical compositions of her career.

Lurie, Jessica
Licorice and Smoke

Lurie, Jessica: Licorice and Smoke (Zipa!Music)
Label: Zipa!Music    
Released in: USA    

"Jessica Lurie leads a core band comprised of Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose, and Scott Amendola through the strongest, most musical compositions of her career. There's an undeniable Latin undercurrent, but it's constantly flavored with Middle Eastern or down south spicing. Pieces like "The Place That You Come From" spark the same bright colors as a French musical like The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. One catches the Brazillica of Stan Getz but with a fluttery heartbeat and some ghostly tinkering by Amendola and Lurie's electronics. Astor Piazzolla strolls into an Italian sunset, tipping his hat to accordionist Dan Cantrell as he passes. Only at the end do you realize the crazy range you've covered. There's no discontinuity. The assorted pieces fall together for a very satisfying whole."

"Nels Courtney Cline (born January 4, 1956 in Los Angeles) is an American guitarist and composer. He has been the guitarist for the band Wilco since 2004.

He first came to prominence in the 1980s playing jazz, often in collaboration with his twin brother Alex Cline, a drummer. Since then, he has worked with a wide range of musicians in punk and alternative rock, notably Mike Watt and Thurston Moore. He also leads the groups the Nels Cline Singers and Nels Cline Trio.

Cline was named the 82nd greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2011."

-Wikipedia (

Enhanced CD includes a video of the song "Mexico" playable on DVD players and computers.

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Enhanced CD includes a video of the song "Mexico" playable on DVD players and computers.

UPC: 783707204208

Label: Zipa!Music
Catalog ID: 783707204208
Squidco Product Code: 13734

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Jon Evans at San Pablo Recorders, 2004.


Jessica Lurie-alto and tenor saxophones, flute, voice and effects

Nels Cline-electric guitars, lapsteel and effects

Todd Sickafoose-contrabass

Scott Amendola-drums, percussion and effects

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Track Listing:

1. Ha-Ha 3:10

2. 70% Bittersweet 7:04

3. Up From The Bottom Of The Well 7:24

4. The Place That You Come From 3:27

5. Mexico 3:46

6. Solitaria 5:17

7. Patzer 5:45

8. Strong Coffee 6:29

9. Kroz Prozor 4:21

10. Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby 4:44

11. Southeastern Drive 2:45

12. Baba Yaga's Seven League Boots 6:28