Three Culver City musicians: drummer Alex Cline, guitarist G.E. Stinson, and electric bassist Steuart Liebig, recently appeared on the ProgCast YouTube series, interviewed by drummer Gregg Bendian.
A classically trained percussionist who has recorded with Cecil Taylor and Pat Metheny, and who played for years in the Genesis tribute band The Musical Box, Bendian has also recorded extensively as a band leader. He also works as an interviewer for the Yale Oral History of American Music. While the ProgCast is not a formal oral history, the interviews are at least an hour long and usually attempt a career survey.
Despite the name, the ProgCast is not focused on progressive rock and is not a podcast. Episodes appear weekly on YouTube.
Alex Cline was the subject of episode 6, released September 18.
He and Bendian have a long history of collaboration: they recorded a duo album in 1998 entitled Espiritu
and Cline is the drummer in Bendian’s band Interzone, where Bendian plays vibraphone alongside Cline’s twin brother guitarist Nels Cline and a series of outstanding Southern Californian bassists.
Cline has also worked with Vinny Golia, Tim Berne, Julius Hemphill, Bobby Bradford, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Grimes
His recent projects as a leader have been large group tributes to Jarman,
and “Ocean of Vows,” a double album based on Buddhist texts.
G.E. Stinson spoke to Bendian on episode 9, released October 9.
Originally inspired by the blues and jazz of his native Chicago, Stinson made several successful albums and won a Grammy as part of the band Shadowfax.
As Stinson and Bendian discuss, Shadowfax were characterized as new age because they were on the Windham Hill label, who popularized the category. However, their inspirations were from innovative jazz groups of the 1970s, such as Weather Report and Oregon, and Stinson proudly recounts that he was the first musician to play electric guitar on a Windham Hill album. After Shadowfax, Stinson found his way to the LA underground, making creative use of guitars and electronics in contexts from ambient