4 January 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA. At the age of 11, Cline and his twin brother began playing rock music, Alex on drums and Nels on guitar. Soon, however, Alexs interests diversified and in the mid-70s he was mostly to be heard playing in contemporary jazz and improvising groups. In 1976, he played in Duo Infinity with Jamil Shabaka (woodwinds) and the following year was with Vinny Golia and the Julius Hemphill Trio. Cline toured Europe with Hemphill and also recorded, then formed Spiral, an improvisational trio. He also began performing solo percussion concerts. Cline has toured extensively, both in North America and Europe, appearing at major festivals. At the end of the 70s, he and his brother formed a band named Quartet Music with Eric Von Essen and Jeff Gauthier. This group made several albums and attracted favourable critical attention. Clines own-name debut was in 1987 with The Lamp And The Star.
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