(102) David Licht, Modern Drummer -- 01/07/1999

Peter Erskine graciously produced Alex Cline’s Sparks Fly Upward, an album equal in grace and scope to Wrate’s work. (The two releases also share a record label and violinist, Jeff Gauthier.) "Audacity" pays homage to the late, great master Tony Williams, and Mr. Cline sprints into gear, successfully building a "Lifetime" feel. The group creates a lot of open space between interesting and often eerie sounds. Cline’s drumset resembles a small city, and at times sounds as active and chaotic!

David Licht
Modern Drummer