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Wilco's Nels Cline Announces New Album 'Lovers'

06/11/2016
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Wilco's Nels Cline makes his Blue Note debut with the Aug. 5 release of Lovers, an expansive double-album that the guitarist had dreamed of making for over 25 years.

Inspired by the likes of Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Gil Evans, Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini and others, Cline finally realized his ambitious "mood music" project with an ensemble of 23 stellar musicians conducted and arranged by Michael Leonhart. Lovers was produced by David Breskin and recorded and mixed by Ron Saint Germain.

"I have been dreaming about, planning, and re-working my rather obsessive idea of this record for well over twenty-five years, and it was always going to be called Lovers," says Cline. "It is meant to be as personal in its sound and in its song selection as it is universal in its endeavor to assay or map the parameters of 'mood' as it once pertained, and currently pertains, to the peculiar and powerful connection between sound/song and intimacy/romance. In this, I hope Lovers offers something of an update of the 'mood music' idea and ideal, while celebrating and challenging our iconic notion of romance."

The material on Lovers is wide-ranging; the album's 18 tracks include Cline's striking originals as well as Great American Songbook standards and songs by Sonic Youth, Arto Lindsay, Jimmy Giuffre and others. Cline will premiere Lovers live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 31, with additional performances at UCLA and SFJAZZ next year.

The tracklisting:
SIDE ONE
1. Introduction / Diaphanous 4:23
music by Nels Cline
2. Glad To Be Unhappy 4:07
music by Richard Rodgers / lyrics by Lorenz Hart
3. Beautiful Love 3:58
music by Wayne King, Victor Young & Egbert Van Alstyne / lyrics by Haven Gillespie
4. Hairpin & Hatbox 3:32
music by Nels Cline
5. Cry, Want 6:53
music by Jimmy Giuffre

Side Two
1. Lady Gabor 8:26
music by Gabor Szabo
2. The Bed We Made 3:25
music by Nels Cline
3. You Noticed 4:01
music by Nels Cline
4. Secret Love 4:30
music by Sammy Fain / lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
5. I Have Dreamed 2:39
music by Richard Rodgers / lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Side Three
1. Why Was I Born? 5:04
Music by Jerome Kern / lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
2. Invitation 2:26
music by Bronislaw Kaper / lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
3. It Only Has To Happen Once 5:45
music and lyrics by Arto Lindsay & Peter Scherer
4. The Night Porter / Max, Mon Amour 8:13
music by Daniele Paris (The Night Porter) / music by Michel Portal (Max, Mon Amour)

Side Four
1. Snare, Girl 6:35
music & lyrics by Sonic Youth
2. So Hard It Hurts / Touching 6:53
music by Annette Peacock
3. The Search For Cat 2:33
music by Henry Mancini
4. The Bond 5:48
music by Nels Cline

Nels Cline: Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Lap Steel, Effects
Devin Hoff: Contrabass, Bass Guitar
Alex Cline: Drumset, Percussion
Steven Bernstein: Trumpet, Slide Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Alto Horn
Taylor Haskins: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone
Michael Leonhart: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Cymbalon, Celeste
Alan Ferber: Trombone, Bass Trombone
Charles Pillow: C, Alto, & Bass Flutes, Oboe, English Horn, Alto Saxophone, Bb Clarinet
Jd Parran: C, Alto, & Bass Flutes, Bb Clarinet, Alto Clarinet, Baritone & Bass Saxophones
Ben Goldberg: Contra-Alto Clarinet, Bb Clarinet
Douglas Wieselman: Bass Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Gavin Templeton: Bb Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sara Schoenbeck: Bassoon
Julian Lage: Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Kenny Wollesen: Vibraphone, Marimba, Percussion
Zeena Parkins: Harp
Yuka C Honda: Celeste, Juno 60
Antoine Silverman: Violin
Jeff Gauthier: Violin
Amy Kimball: Viola & Violin
Stephanie Griffin: Viola
Erik Friedlander: Cello
Maggie Parkins: Cello

Arranged And Conducted By Michael Leonhart
Produced By David Breskin
Recorded And Mixed By Ron Saint Germain

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