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Julian Lage At Higher Ground

Read "Julian Lage At Higher Ground" reviewed by Doug Collette

Julian Lage Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington Vermont March 16, 2024 Watching and listening to Julian Lage and his band the evening of March 16th at Higher Ground, it was hard to believe this stop was the first on a new leg of the roadwork wryly dubbed the 'More Than A Trio' tour. The guitarist and his four bandmates demonstrated as much confidence in their musicianship as in their material. The quintet wasted ...

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Julian Lage at Ann Arbor's Ark

Read "Julian Lage at Ann Arbor's Ark" reviewed by James Aren

Julian Lage The Ark Ann Arbor, Michigan September 8, 2023 Julian Lage plays like a man amused. He shakes his head and laughs at the things happening to his guitar as if he didn't make them happen. He rocks back and forth in his chair, tapping his foot, staring off into the distance reading music that no one else sees. The crowd laughs too when they hear something they know is impossible. No ...

Album Review

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The term “proof of concept" might be the appropriate subtitle to Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons' Live At The Village Vanguard. Her concept, first heard on the eponymous release Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic, 2019), is demonstrated on two discs taken from 12 sets over six nights at the famed Greenwich Village nightclub. The pianist does indeed verify that her concepts have practical application. She initially formed a core group, a quartet with bassist Trevor Dunn, turntablist and electronics composer Val Jeanty (aka ...

Album Review

Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Rogue pianist and noted polymath Kris Davis exercises the mercurial fluidity of her future-forward-thinking quartet, Diatom Ribbons--drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, turntablist and electronic musician Val Jeanty, and bassist Trevor Dunn--ushers guitarist Julian Lage into the maelstrom and voila! Another memorable Live at the Village Vanguard emerges boldly and triumphantly. As befits Davis and company, the collective energy running rampant on this two-disc set is hard to pin down, but it is as palpable and discernible as a cut ...

The Big Question

Who Are The Stars Today?

Read "Who Are The Stars Today?" reviewed by Joseph Vella

The other day a friend asked me the all-important question: Who are the new “stars" in jazz today? Some names that came to mind were James Francies, Oded Tzur, and Julian Lage but would I call them “stars" of the music? Technically proficient artists? Yes. Stars? Not sure. Today, there is no shortage of gifted artists of all ilks but does anyone stand apart like Buddy, Freddie, Nina, Herbie, Grover or Eliane? And what about influential bands like ...

Album Review

Julian Lage: View With A Room

Read "View With A Room" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

View With A Room looks in on two generations of American guitarists; the younger generation is represented by Julian Lage, the leader of the effort, and the older generation by Bill Frisell, who sits in on seven of the ten original Lage tunes ("Echo" is co-written by Lage and the set's bassist Jorge Roeder). Following up on Lage's 2021 Blue Note Records debut, Squint (and let's give the label's boss, Don Was, a big tip of the hat ...

Album Review

Julian Lage: Squint

Read "Squint" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo aver scritturato negli scorsi anni due chitarristi di indubbio valore come Nels Cline e Bill Frisell, la Blue Note mette a segno un nuovo colpo assicurandosi i servigi di un altro virtuoso della sei corde, l'ex enfant prodige Julian Lage (che in realtà era già comparso in un titolo della label al fianco proprio di Cline come membro del suo quartetto in Currents, Constellations). Questo Squint rappresenta il suo esordio da titolare per l'etichetta, alla guida di un trio ...


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