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Ben Goldberg uses his contra-alto clarinet to play bass in a quartet with Nels Cline (guitar), Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax), Rob Sudduth (tenor sax) and Ches Smith (drums), excellent West Coast modern jazz.

Goldberg / Cline / Eskelin / Sudduth / Smith
Unfold Ordinary Mind

Goldberg / Cline / Eskelin / Sudduth / Smith: Unfold Ordinary Mind (Bag)
Label: Bag    
Released in: USA    

"Features Nels Cline, guitar; Ellery Eskelin and Rob Sudduth, tenors saxophone; Ches Smith, drums; and on this one I am the bass player, on contra-alto clarinet. We made the record in one day and the results are raw and direct. Here we are playing my song xcpf. I should mention that in addition to creating the artwork for both of these albums, Molly Barker painted a beautiful accordion-fold booklet that is included with Unfold Ordinary Mind."-Ben Goldberg

"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 (

"Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer / educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant's first "assignments" for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (w/ Nels Cline Singers' Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Xiu Xiu, and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Ben Goldberg, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Trevor Dunn. In addition to Ceramic Dog, he also leads his two of his own projects, Congs for Brums and These Arches. He currently spends his time between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Brooklyn."

-Ches Smith Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 091037508843

Label: Bag
Catalog ID: BAG004
Squidco Product Code: 17299

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on April 9th, 2012 at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY by Aaron Nevezie.


Ben Goldberg-contra-alto clarinet, Bb clarinet

Nels Cline-guitar

Ellery Eskelin-tenor saxophone

Rob Sudduth-tenor saxophone

Ches Smith-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Elliptical 9:11

2. Parallelogram 11:25

3. Xcpf 5:51

4. Lone 2:19

5. I Miss The SLA 3:38

6. Stemwinder 9:24

7. Breathing Room 5:45