Lage Lund

Lage Lund is acclaimed as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, and one of the more compelling jazz artists today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Armed with a growing and impressive body of original compositions, and mastery of the standard repertoire - Lund swings with great authority displaying a staggering harmonic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist. He also brings a “casually magnetic” presence to the stage, “channeling reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique” and “balances his abundant proficiencies with an aesthetic of gleaming calm” (New York Times).

Born and raised in Norway, Lund relocated to Boston after high school on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 2002 he moved to New York and soon became the first electric guitarist ever to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music. In the years since his Monk Competition victory, he has become a sought-after sideman with the David Sanchez Quartet, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Mark Turner, Seamus Blake and many more.

After a series of three releases featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Bill Stewart 2019 sees the release of “Terrible Animals”. Joined by a never-before-convened, top-of-the-pyramid rhythm section (Sullivan Fortner, piano; Larry Grenadier, bass;Tyshawn Sorey, drums) it is the most compositionally ambitious and daringly performed of Lage Lund's five albums on Criss Cross. Ten far-flung originals that elicit the full measure of their creativity , spurring Lund - who makes ingenious use of effects within his flow - to some of his most dynamic and varied playing on record.

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“Of the younger cats, Lage Lund is THE one. He’s a wonderful player, scary actually!” – Kurt Rosenwinkel

“ A guitarist who balances his abundant proficiencies with an aesthetic of gleaming calm” - NY Times ”The guitarist Lage Lund exudes a diffident and self-deprecating kind of cool. He's not a talker, or even much of a frontman. But as he demonstrated at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night, his playing and presence can both be casually magnetic. Like Jim Hall, one of the guitarists in his heroes' gallery, he channels reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique.” —The New York Times

“ Young guitar virtuoso...” —New Yorker

“As unequivocally strong as everyone is on the date, it's Lund who stands out, if only because he is a younger player with a small but increasingly significant discography..

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

New York City

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Albums

Idlewild

Criss Cross
2015

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Foolhardy

Criss Cross Jazz
2013

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Unlikely Stories

Criss Cross
2010

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From Brooklyn With...

Nineteen Eight Records
2010

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Early Songs

Criss Cross
2009

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Early Songs

Criss Cross
2008

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All Across the City

From: Lage Lund Four: Live at Smalls
By Lage Lund

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