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Catalog ID: CF091
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Recorded at Castle Oaks Studio, Calabasas, California, on October 29th, 2003, by Rich Breen.
Mark O'Leary-electric guitar, 12 string acoustic guitars
Alex Cline-drums, percussion, shells, sticks, stones
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"Alex Cline (born January 4, 1956) is an American jazz drummer.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Cline began playing drums with his twin brother, guitarist Nels Cline, at the age of 11. Their first band was called Homogenized Goo and included David Hirschman on guitar. Alex Cline began a musical association with woodwind artist Jamil Shabaka in 1976 as "Duo Infinity". In 1977, he became a member of Vinny Golia's group as well as the Julius Hemphill Trio (along with Baikida Carroll), formed the electric improvisational trio Spiral (with brother Nels and synthesizer player and multi-instrumentalist Brian Horner) and began performing solo percussion concerts.
In 1979, Alex and Nels Cline, along with bassist Eric von Essen and violinist Jeff Gauthier, formed "Quartet Music", a group that enjoyed continued success in its performances and four recordings over an eleven-year period and was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.
In 1982, Alex Cline made his solo debut with Not Alone (Nine Winds), a double LP of percussion music. In 1987, he recorded The Lamp and The Star (ECM), his first album as a bandleader-composer. As the leader of his own group, The Alex Cline Ensemble, he can be heard on Sparks Fly Upward and The Constant Flame, two releases on Cryptogramophone Records, an LA-based independent creative-jazz label. Cline's other improvisational collaborations include right of violet and The Other Shore, both with Jeff Gauthier and ex-Shadowfax guitarist G.E. Stinson, and Cloud Plate (Cryptogramophone) with Stinson, vocalist Kaoru and koto player Miya Masaoka.
Other groups Cline has led are Alex Cline's Band of the Moment and The Rain Trio (with Eric Barber and Scott Walton). He has also been involved in duo percussion collaborations with Ron George, Peter Erskine, Christopher Garcia, Andrea Centazzo, Gregg Bendian and Dan Morris, as well as involved in performing the works of composers such as Robert Eriksson, Harold Budd and David Means.
Cline has served as composer and/or performer for numerous modern dancers and dance companies in Los Angeles, including Margaret Schuette, Linda Fowler, the Momentum Company's "Soundspace" concerts, Dance/LA, the UCLA Dance Company and has enjoyed a longstanding involvement with Will Salmon's Open Gate Theatre company.
He has participated in performance collaborations with visual artists Yoshio Ikezaki, Norton Wisdom, Kio Griffith and 2-Tu. He has worked on feature and cable television film soundtracks, done numerous sound workshops and percussion clinics, plus lecture-demonstrations on Asian metal percussion instruments. Cline has also been the curator of the Open Gate Theatre's Sunday Evening Concerts series, a new music/creative jazz showcase held monthly in Eagle Rock, California (since 1997).
He also works as an interviewer/interview series developer-coordinator at the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research.
Cline has played on over eighty recordings, and has worked with Gregg Bendian, Tim Berne, Arthur Blythe, Bobby Bradford, John Wolf Brennan, John Carter, Buddy Collette, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Vinny Golia, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Joseph Jarman, Henry Kaiser, Yusef Lateef, Charles Lloyd, Myra Melford, Frank Morgan, Don Preston, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, Philip Gelb, Richard Grossman, and others."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Cline)
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1. Staring at the Sun
2. Dancing with the wind
3. Morning / Harvest
5. Point Sketch
7. Voices from the past
9. On the shore
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"He's been working since the eighties, but has until now escaped wide recognition. That could be because his home is Cork, Ireland, perhaps near in the heart of Anglo-Saxon culture but hardly a regular stop on the creative music circuit. Now, however, he's starting to turn heads. In a flurry of activity starting in 2004, the guitarist has established his name in the jazz scene. Make that in the several jazz scenes, and even beyond jazz's invisible frontiers. Mark O'Leary's astonishing capacity for work has resulted in vital record releases and countless encounters with the top musicians active in creative music. Just a partial list of sideman and leader gigs includes Paul Bley, Günter Müller, Matthew Shipp, Bobo Stenson, Uri Caine, Billy Hart, Tomas Stanko, Cuong Vu, Pierre Favre, and Mat Maneri. Such different playing partners reflects his great capacity to adapt and mutate his own vocabulary. But O'Leary also possesses an extraordinary ability to stay true to his very personal interior voice. Whether in a mainstream context or avant-garde situations, Mark O'Leary is always Mark O'Leary. An heir of guitar pointillists such as Jim Hall and John Abercrombie, he has a lyrical sensibility but expresses it with a bittersweet sound and a fascination for structural complexity -- including tricky time signatures, unorthodox harmonies, extended techniques -- even when he's improvising. His most recent musical companions are trumpeters Jeff Kaiser and John Fumo, who also are known for their flexibility and openness, able to go from free jazz to pop-rock in the blink of an eye, and drummer extraordinaire Alex Cline, a crossover specialist. Such flexible musicians make "On the Shore" really move, like sea waves against the land. Have a listen and believe..."-Clean Feed
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