Mask  The Jeff Gauthier Goatette

Mask features Jeff Gauthier on electric violin, Nels Cline on guitars, David Witham on piano, Joel Hamilton on bass and Alex Cline on drums. This is Gauthier's third CD as a leader and first for Cryptogramophone. Mask features works by Gauthier, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, former Goatette member Eric von Essen, and harmolodic legend Ornette Coleman. This is Gauthier's strongest and most original statement to date, and heralds his arrival as yet another important jazz violinist with a French name.


Joel Hamilton


1Clea's Bounce7:14
2Waltz For K.P.5:05
4The Fools11:26
5Ephemera (for Eric)9:01


On his third outing as a leader, violinist Jeff Gauthier offers a stellar blend of compositions that push at the boundaries of defined musics, while not consciously breaking any of them. Accompanied by brothers Alex and Nels Cline on drums and guitars res

Thom Jurek, All Music Guide, April 2, 2002

The Californian avant gardist continues his long association with Nels and Alex Cline. Although some have found the violinist's approach to be too amiable and soft-centred, nothing featuring the Cline brothers could ever be straight ahead, and here there'

Andy Hamilton, The wire, April 2, 2002

The best word for this recording is impeccable. The ensemble playing is lock tight, the soloists are eloquent; the seven pieces (five of them composed by group members) are literate and stimulating. The music seems to reveal new twists and turns, nuances,

Bill Tilland, BBCi, May 17, 2002

As much of a pop cultural center as Los Angeles may be, its creative artists feel far from the pressure exerted by the East Coast cultural establishment to be smarter, cleverer and hipper, and consequently they do what they want. Or that's my explanation

John Chacona, Signal To Noise, Summer, 2002