For tonight's concert (May 16), Cline enlisted a pretty insane septet, with harpist Zeena Parkins, percussionist Cyro Baptista, guitarist Marc Ribot, drummer Scott Amendola, bassist Trevor Dunn and keyboardist Brian Marcella. They're all monster players, and while Cline joked about "the dictatorship of my heavy-handed compositions," the concert was highly democratic. Everyone got plenty of solo space, as the set was arranged like a classic Blue Note blowing date, except with lots of freaks on the bandstand.
There was a plenty of head-solo-solo-head organization (or so it seemed to me), which meant there were only a few spots where Cline got a chance to excise his own demons. But it's not like you can really complain when you get a chance to watch Zeena Parkins shred, so what the hell?