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The composition and improvisation skills developed by Gregg Bendian and Nels Cline, while both were playing in Bendian's band Interzone, inspired them to cover 'Interstellar Space', the legendary album released in 1967 by jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane and drummer Rasheid Ali. The product of these efforts was the album 'Interstellar Space Revisited: The Music of John Coltrane' (2001).

According to Nels Cline, ""Doing a new version of the John Coltrane/Rasheid Ali duets of Interstellar Space might seem like a pretentious idea, but it came about rather innocently while playing with Gregg Bendian in his group, Interzone. Gregg's startling speed and dexterity had me pushing the limits of my own technique as we explored the freedom and limits of composition and improvisation. 'If we're gonna keep on like this, we should just go ahead and cover Interstellar Space,' I joked. And so we did. We performed it live a few times and gradually our own voices emerged".

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