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Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Greg Campbell
Suite: Bittersweet
SAAH053 180gm LP
Release Date: November 6, 2007
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Nels Cline - guitar
Wally Shoup - alto saxophone
Greg Campbell - drums

Side A: Flame Guard - Dragout - Floored - Heat Seekers
Side B: Suite: Bittersweet a) Contretemps b) Slow Burn c) Letting Go - Heal Up

For the past 12 years or so, KEXP Radio in Seattle, WA has broadcast Sonarchy Radio, a special one hour program comprised solely of music recorded live in the studio at Jack Straw Productions. With the focus being "new music and sound art made by Pacific Northwest artists", the concept of capturing the musicians raw in a studio setting for the intent of radio broadcast has resulted in some one-of-a-kind moments. Saxophonist Wally Shoup, inspired by his collaboration with avant guitarist extraordinaire Nels Cline (Wilco, Nels Cline Singers/Trio, Scarnella etc) and Chris Corsano (today collaborating with Bjork, among others), wrestled Cline up to the Emerald City for the Earshot Jazz fest in 2005, and brought in percussionist Greg Campbell for the ride - someone Cline admired very much. In the span of 24 hours, they managed to play the fest, an in-store at Tower Records (RIP), and a session for Sonarchy. The results are now immortalized in vinyl as Suite: Bittersweet, a breathtaking document of this fantastic trio in full flight. Like the previous meeting with Corsano (Immolation/Immersion, Strange Attractors, 2005), jaw-dropping interplay bursting with bombastic power flows into subtle, gentle passages, denoted unmistakably by Cline's guitar swirls and Shoup's bourbon-drenched sax, but Campbell's pure jazz drumming lends a sophisticated pulse to the affair. The blurring of jazz, "fire music" and rock is exquisite, and Suite: Bittersweet shows why these folks are the most versatile musicians working the field today. Recorded live with no overdubs in one continuous moment in the studio - a real sugary jawbreaker of a session.

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Nels Cline is the lead guitarist for Wilco, was a member of Geraldine Fibbers, leads his own Nels Cline Singers and has collaborated with such folks as Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Carla Bozulich and dozens more.

Wally Shoup is a free jazz/free improv underground mainstay. An active presence in Seattle, Shoup leads the Wally Shoup Trio and the Spider Trio, and, internationally, his work is documented on both Leo and Clean Feed records. He has collaborated with Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano, Thurston Moore, Davey Williams and many others.


Greg Campbell is Seattle's most versatile drummer. He works in jazz, chamber, experimental, and free improvisation, often using his own hand-built percussion devices. Collaborators include Stuart Dempster, Tom Varner, Michael Bisio. Additionally, he's a Doctoral candidate in percussion, specializing in collective music organizations.

Ltd. edition 1000 LP pressing, Direct Metal Mastering onto 180gm Czech virgin vinyl

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