|DIRTY BABY CD boxed set by NELS CLINE|
DIRTY BABY hits the streets TODAY, October 12th. You can listen to tunes and get a sneak peek at DIRTYBABY.TV
Born of a provocative mating of art and music, DIRTY BABY is
guitarist/composer Nels Cline and poet/producer David Breskin's
visionary recontextualization of Ed Ruscha's "censor strip" paintings.
This sumptuous double-CD box set includes more than an hour-and-a-half
of new music by Cline for two large ensembles, paired booklets with
reproductions of 66 Ruscha pictures, and insightful liner notes by Nels
in a third booklet graced by session photos. Supporting musicians
include Jon Brion; cohorts Scott Amendola and Devin
Hoff; Nels' twin brother Alex Cline; and some of L.A.'s most illustrious
instrumentalists and improvisers. Cline's orchestrations offer a
panoply of sound and vision: from pedal steel and cigarbox guitars to
harmonica, banjo ukulele, violin, cello, saxophone and trumpet, all the
way through Cline's mysterious Quintronics Drum Buddy. In both
composition and execution, this is a recording of ambition, scope and
surprise: it sheds new light (and new sound) on Ruscha's groundbreaking
images, and provides a major feast in its own right.
And check it out on the iTunes jazz homepage today!
|But wait...It's also a beautiful art book with poetry and music!|
larger, more sumptuous sibling of the CD boxed set not only has bigger,
more beautiful versions of Ruscha's pictures, it also contains ghazals
by poet/producer David Breskin. Be
one of the first 15 people to buy it from us and your book will be
autographed by artist Ed Ruscha, guitarist/composer Nels Cline, and
poet/producer David Breskin.
collaboration between an artist, a guitarist, and a poet, this
multimedia work is at once spirited, sensuous, and acutely intelligent.
BABY is a provocative "trialogue" between the paintings of Ed Ruscha,
the music of Nels Cline, and the ghazals of David Breskin. The title
derives from the notion that when different art forms come together and
mate, their offspring is no purebred, but rather muttish and raunchy:
The 66 Ruscha pictures in the book are drawn
from two rarely-seen bodies of work, the Silhouettes and the Cityscapes,
in which Ruscha uses censor strips (what he calls "dumb blocks") in
place of the words which normally occupy a prominent place in his
pictures. With no words visible, DIRTY BABY is a most unusual Ruscha
book. However, the very fact of their obfuscation gives the missing
words a powerfully subversive presence: language is emphasized even as
it is obscured. The book itself is divided into two "sides" in the
manner of a vinyl record: Side A offers a time-lapse history of the
Western world (from primeval flora through postmodern suburb) and Side B
returns to the very "cradle of civilization" to chart the American
misadventure in Iraq.
For his poetic form, Breskin uses the ancient
Arabic ghazal. Tightly structured-with rhyme, refrain, and meter-the
ghazal proves a perfect foil and fencing partner for Ruscha's
language-sensitive pictorial strategies, and the poems serve as powerful
companions to Ruscha's gorgeously reproduced paintings. To this mix
Cline adds more than an hour-and-a-half of new music, by turns lyrical
and heartfelt, edgy and raucous, for two large ensembles. For Side A, he
offers one extended composition for a nonet, which evolves from
acoustic impressionism to a deep, dense electronic groove. For Side B,
he pairs each image with its own epigrammatic, evocative accomplice,
using a ten-piece ensemble complete with strings and horns.
all, DIRTY BABY creates a complete synaesthetic experience: a radical
recontextualization of Ruscha's work, in vibrant conversation with
Cline's music and Breskin's verses. Housed in a luscious, multilayered
slipcase and including four CDs (two of music and two of spoken-voice
poetry), this polyphonic book is a wild surprise produced by three of
the most exciting artists working today.
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