At a very young age Julian Lage had already gained recognition from well-known guitarists and jazz musicians (including Santana and Gary Burton) and became a protégé of Jim Hall, one of the most influential masters of the jazz guitar. These days Julian Lage himself is considered a leading guitarist. He plays with Chris Thile on his radio show "Live from Here," the follow-up to the legendary "Praire Home Companion," and he regularly works with an influential artist like John Zorn. Last June, Julian Lage was voted 'Rising Star Jazz Artist' in the Downbeat Critics Poll 2018.
His recent album, Modern Lore, was inspired by the time when country, jazz and rock 'n' roll were in their wild-west period, when people were dancing and singing to it, according to the American guitarist who took up the timeless Fender Telecaster for this recording. Still, the music sounds contemporary, thanks to the unadorned sound and the catchy double bass and drum grooves.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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