Instrumentals  The Nels Cline Singers

Guitarist Nels Cline calls his new trio The Nels Cline Singers even though there are no singers in the band. He calls the album, Instrumentals... well, because there are no singers in the band. These Singers feature the protean musical skills of Devin Hoff on contrabass, and Scott Amendola on drums and electronics. Then of course there's Nels' amazing guitar work, which has inspired Jazz Times to call him, "The world's most dangerous guitarist." For more information go to the Spotlight on the home page. For a taste, go to CryptoRadio by clicking on the buttons to your right..


Scott Amendola


1A Mug Like Mine9:05
2Cause For Concern4:23
3Suspended Head6:44
4Harbor Child5:45
5Lowered Boom6:36
7Ghost of the Piñata7:45
8Blood Drawing15:20
9Slipped Away7:46


Very quietly – or not so quietly, Nels Cline has become the crown prince of avant-garde guitar. His constant gigging, recording and undying spirit have made him the leader of a genre that, by its very nature, is doomed to ride the outskirts of the music b

Darrin Fox, Guitar Player Magazine, May, 2002

This inscrutably titled disk features guitarist Cline's new power trio, with Devin Hoff on contrabass and Scott Amendola on drums and percussion (as well as loops, live effects and processing). There are no singers, and no vocals. Other guitarists on

Bill Tilland, BBCi, April 17,2002

Jazz-rock fusion, freely improvised tunes and rock with a hard and fast edge, the Nels Cline Singers traverse sparse, brooding pieces, touching contemplative melodies and overwhelming, almost punk, sonic bombardments with Instrumentals. Instrumentals is j

I. Khider, Exclaim (Canada), May, 2002

If Instrumentals, The Nels Cline Singers’ debut, starts with a nasty bite, by the end, it’s all country grace and good manners. Cline wouldn’t have it any other way. The California guitarist calls Instrumentals “powerjazzrockfreepsychedelicate instrumenta

Greg Buium, Downbeat *** 1/2, June, 2002