CLIFF HINES, WANDERLUST


An ambitious, unwieldy but favorable musical endeavor, “Wanderlust” (self-produced) aims high for visionary and sonic vistas that guitarist/composer Cliff Hines often reaches. Sleekly modernistic, the album is fused with electro-acoustic touches that flow with genuine wonderment. Hines favors fuzz tones, feedback, electronic pulses and ethereal vocals on “Brothers,” the solid lead tune that sets the stage for the composer’s musical worldview, one that’s unlimited by genre or boundaries, but Hines is such a musical shape shifter that it can be hard to keep up with the vision. A New Orleans resident and educator, Hines creates plenty of adventurous passages and aural textures that inflate tunes like “Dresden” and “Tehran” with mysterious import. Chief collaborators include vocalist Sasha Masakowski whose inflection and manner is suggestive of Esperanza Spalding, while Andrew McGowan on Rhodes and piano, Jasen Weaver on bass and Paul Thibodeaux on drums round out the core band. Guest spots go to some of NOLA’s hottest talents including Khris Royal, Kent Jordan and Bill Summers who handles percussion duties on the title track. The strongest cut, “Aetherea,” is richly evocative of the Crescent City with a boss solo by trombonist Michael Watson and second line rhythm. 

Hines has a fearless quality, incorporating disparate instruments (sitar, slide guitar, shortwave radio) into a cohesive jazz-fed language. The album concludes with a bravura statement, a 12+ minute retro-styled track called “The Path Of Arjuna” that’s cinematic in scope and pleasingly spacey in tone. (12 tracks; 58:06 minutes) Find it here.

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JAZZ IN SPACE: CLIFF HINES, WANDERLUST

Friday, January 25, 2013

CLIFF HINES, WANDERLUST


An ambitious, unwieldy but favorable musical endeavor, “Wanderlust” (self-produced) aims high for visionary and sonic vistas that guitarist/composer Cliff Hines often reaches. Sleekly modernistic, the album is fused with electro-acoustic touches that flow with genuine wonderment. Hines favors fuzz tones, feedback, electronic pulses and ethereal vocals on “Brothers,” the solid lead tune that sets the stage for the composer’s musical worldview, one that’s unlimited by genre or boundaries, but Hines is such a musical shape shifter that it can be hard to keep up with the vision. A New Orleans resident and educator, Hines creates plenty of adventurous passages and aural textures that inflate tunes like “Dresden” and “Tehran” with mysterious import. Chief collaborators include vocalist Sasha Masakowski whose inflection and manner is suggestive of Esperanza Spalding, while Andrew McGowan on Rhodes and piano, Jasen Weaver on bass and Paul Thibodeaux on drums round out the core band. Guest spots go to some of NOLA’s hottest talents including Khris Royal, Kent Jordan and Bill Summers who handles percussion duties on the title track. The strongest cut, “Aetherea,” is richly evocative of the Crescent City with a boss solo by trombonist Michael Watson and second line rhythm. 

Hines has a fearless quality, incorporating disparate instruments (sitar, slide guitar, shortwave radio) into a cohesive jazz-fed language. The album concludes with a bravura statement, a 12+ minute retro-styled track called “The Path Of Arjuna” that’s cinematic in scope and pleasingly spacey in tone. (12 tracks; 58:06 minutes) Find it here.

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