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Nels Cline

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Guitarist Nels Cline was born in Los Angeles in 1956. He began to play guitar at age 12 when his brother, Alex Cline took up the drums. Nels Cline is known for his improvisational work and for the diversity of his musical projects. He has played with jazz musicians Charlie Haden, Gregg Bendian, Wadada Leo Smith, Tim Berne, Vinny Golia and the late bassist Eric Von Essen, a longtime musical companion in the L.A. jazz group Quartet Music. Cline has also performed and recorded with punk rock hero Mike Watt in his touring bands The Crew Of The Flying Saucer and The Black Gang, as well as with members of Sonic Youth and country music legend Willie Nelson, and in the jazz/punk/improv band Banyan with Watt and ex-Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins.

Cline has performed on over 100 albums in the jazz, pop, rock and experimental music genres. His most recent work as a leader is The Giant Pin by The Nels Cline Singers, released in late 2004 by Cryptogramophone Records. He continues to expand his audience as a member of the Grammy-winning rock band Wilco, which he joined in early 2004.

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