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Handicapping the Clubs

The week of 11/10/03 should be a good one for fans of jazz vocals in Los Angeles. Carmen Lundy will be gracing the stage of the Jazz Bakery from 11/12-11/16 with violin sensation Regina Carter as a special guest, while Feinstein's at the Cinegrill in Hollywood will feature another fine female singer in Keely Smith. Devotees of the avant-garde should find the next two offerings from the line space line series at the Salvation Theater in Silverlake interesting. On 11/10, line space line features one set of jazz and poetry with poet Laura Winter and great winds/reeds player Vinny Golia and another from Dorothea Grossman and the brilliant trombonist Michael Vlatkovich. Line space line's offering on 11/17 is highlighted by a set of solo guitar from the ferociously talented Nels Cline.

Nels is one of a number of artists that was on-hand this weekend for the eclectic All Tomorrow's Parties festival held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Curator Matt Groening, best known as the creator of "The Simpsons", brought together an eclectic mix of artists from minimalist pioneer Terry Riley, avant garde/delta blues/surrealists the Magic Band (minus the retired Captain Beefheart) and the legendary downtown New York saxophonist James Chance, along with such boundry-breaking rock acts as Sonic Youth and Iggy and the Stooges. The one thing that seemed to unite the various performers was an emphasis on improvisation, and there was brilliant playing to be heard all weekend from players like Magic Band guitarist Gary Lucas and the several guitars of Sonic Youth--the recent addition of experimental guitarist Jim O'Rourke to the line-up really seems to have revived the band's creative spark.

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