(102) John Andrews, Down Beat -- 01/11/1999

An unconventional percussionist, Alex Cline creates music beyond categorization. With an unusual lineup including Jeff Gauthier's violin and Aina Kemanis' voice, this ensemble establishes a moody, ethereal environment. Sparks Fly Upward offers haunting, spacious constructions...rather than settle into drum patterns, he frequently uses the cymbals for shimmering or grating textures…darkly contemplative music.****

John Andrews
Down Beat