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Sparks Fly Upward

by Alex Cline Ensemble

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A beautiful 6 panel Digipak with paintings by Kaoru. Produced by Peter Erskine.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Sparks Fly Upward via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Rose Window 11:24
Arroyo Taiko 02:22
Audacity 09:27
Sonnet No. 9 10:02


In the spirit of his work on ECM and Nine Winds, Cryptogramophone presents drummer/percussionist Alex Cline's latest CD, "Sparks Fly Upward". This percussion, voice, violin, guitar, keyboard, bass lineup blurs the lines between jazz and contemporary chamber music. CD producer Peter Erskine writes, "This recording is like a very special letter, written by a wise friend; the news it carries is current, but its real message is timeless. The musicianship is inspired. The engineering is translucent. This album…is a gift."

Special note: This recording features acoustic bass player Michael Elizondo, currently better known as producer for Dr. Dre and many others!


released April 1, 1999

Alex Cline - drums, percussion, gongs
Jeff Gauthier - violins
G.E. Stinson - guitars
Aina Kemanis - voice
Wayne Peet - keyboards
Michael Elizondo - bass


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CryptoGramophone Los Angeles, California

Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2022/23, Cryptogramophone presents artists like Nels Cline, Bennie Maupin, Alex Cline, Jenny Scheinman, Todd Sickafoose, Myra Melford, Jeff Gauthier, Zeena Parkins, Mark Dresser, and other musicians who explore the far reaches of artistic vision and instrumental technique. ... more

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