Guitar explorer Nels Clineis best known these days as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career—spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental—is well into its fourth decade, with over 200 recordings, including at least 30 for which he is leader. Cline has received many accolades, including Rolling Stone anointing him as both one of 20 "new guitar gods" and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time.
With Currents, Constellations, Cline's second Blue Note release, we hear the debut of The Nels Cline 4, made up of Cline and Julian Lage plus the fierce and versatile rhythm section of bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Tom Rainey. All of the music is Cline's, save for a haunting and rare Carla Bley gem from the Jimmy Giuffre 3 songbook.