Known for the avant-garde sound he brings to Wilco, Cline turns to ballads and jazz standards on his new album. He describes it as a “mood-music record” that isn’t “cheesy.”
One of the great bebop stylists of his time, the pianist joined host Marian McPartland for this session shortly before his death in 1990.
For a “jazz” song, there’s not a ton of extended solo improvisation. But sometimes a great melody deserves a whole song to express itself, as in this instrumental cover of the band Wye Oak.