Born (1-6-70) and raised in the small south-central Kansas town of Conway Springs, Steve graduated from High School in 1988 and went to Wichita State University to major in music performance and composition. Once in college he graduated from the seventies-era AOR (that's for being the youngest) to Jazz, which area radio had completely failed to expose him to. As college went on (and on and on) Steve eventually started a weeknight radio program at KMUW, the public radio station in Wichita, called Jazz n' Things. This program focused on everything from free-improvisation to avant garde to electronica and made lots of people curious. Steve is now the music librarian at the Wichita Public Library (which has the most incredible music collection--check OCLC.) In addition to that, he continues to experiment with "found sound" composition, play Trombone around town, and maintain the web site he put together for the newspaper in Conway Springs. ~ Steve Cline
"Desert Island List"
Ornette Coleman: Science Fiction
Cecil Taylor: Alms/Tiergarten
Cecil Taylor: Leaf Palm Hand
Peter Kowald: Duos
Pavement: Wowwie Zowie
Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica
Fishbone: The Reality Of My Surroundings
Funkadelic: Let's Take It To The Stage
Sonic Youth: Sister
Jean-Paul Bourelley: Saints And Sinners
Ronald Shannon Jackson: Barbecue Dog
Henry Threadgill: Rag, Bush and All
Henry Threadgill: Song Out Of My Trees
John Coltrane: Meditations
John Coltrane: Interstellar Space
Joni Mitchell: Mingus
Michael Hedges: Live On The Double Planet
Eric Dolphy: Last Date
Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch
Charles Mingus: The Great Paris Concert 1964
Charles Mingus: Mingus Presents Mingus
Steve Lacy: Clangs
Duke Ellington: Money Jungle
Geez. Even 25 is hard to bring it down to!
This is somewhat arbitrary, of course.
But I could live quite a few years content
with these records. Happily, too.