on 1 September 2007
This album recorded in 1998 by drummer Gregg Bendian and electric guitarist Nels Cline is a cover, or homage, to John Coltrane and Rashid Ali's great 1967 album. There are six long tracks, all covers from Interstellar Space.
Cline alternates between quite delicate, atmospheric runs and fast, ecstatic playing with liberal use of feedback sometimes controlled other times howling with emotional power. Although the guitar and drums are recorded with equal prominence the guitar perhaps inevitably feels the dominant instrument, not that Bendian is ever overawed or outplayed: he can play with massive strength or a lovely gentle touch (often at the same time!).
Quite often in free Jazz it feels as if the players are just doing their own thing but here you really sense that Cline and Bendian are actually listening to and responding to each other.
I wouldn't claim that this is the equal of the original (no guitar can match the raw human power of Coltrane's sax) but it's still a brilliant, passionate updating that I'd urge you to listen to.