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Julian Lage

Following his Grammy-nominated 2009 debut Sounding Point, virtuoso guitarist Julian Lage returns with the evocative and finely wrought Gladwell - the second effort by his offbeat, eclectic group with cellist Aristides Rivas, percussionist Tupac Mantilla, bassist Jorge Roeder and saxophonist Dan Blake. The album unfolds according to a fanciful and story-driven plan, as Lage explains: "We began playing with the idea of creating a story we could use as a guiding light in our writing process.... The result was the development of an imaginary and forgotten town known as Gladwell.... As a metaphor, Gladwell presented us with a clear architecture, to compose songs that evoke feelings of people and places we hold dear." Sweeping, colorful and thrillingly executed, the album opens with "233 Butler," named for the Brooklyn street address of vintage instrument shop, Musurgia

Album

Squint

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Etude; Boo’s Blues; Squint; Saint Rose; Emily; Familiar Flower; Day and Age; Quiet Like a Fuse; Short Form; Twilight Surfer; Call of the Canyon.

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Article: Radio

Diana Krall & Marty Elkins

Read "Diana Krall & Marty Elkins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 707th Episode of Neon Jazz is heavy on vocalists and starts with New York singer Marty Elkins and bassist Mike Richmond with a cut from their latest album 'Tis Autumn. We also hear the vocals of Staci Griesbach, Diana Krall and Vanessa Tagliabue-Yorke. From there, we dig into new music from Mariel Bildsten, Julian Lage ...

Article: 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 ...

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Article: Radio

Julian Lage: Notes With The Weight Of Words

Read "Julian Lage: Notes With The Weight Of Words" reviewed by Leo Sidran


When Julian Lage plays guitar, it's hard not to get swept up in it. His relationship with the instrument is natural and contagious. Maybe that's because it's been with him for most of his life. When he was just 8 years old, Julian was the subject of an Academy Award nominated documentary film called Jules at ...

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Julian Lage: Squint

Read "Squint" reviewed by Chris May


Before discussing guitarist Julian Lage's album, some food for thought... A credible argument could be put forward to say that the jazz piano trio reached its pinnacle of perfection with Bill Evans' Village Vanguard performances of June 1961, with the trio of bassist Scott La Faro and drummer Paul Motian, and that trios led by guitars, ...

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Article: Radio

Stephanie Nilles, Julian Lage, Charles Mingus, Sons of Kemet & More New Releases

Read "Stephanie Nilles, Julian Lage, Charles Mingus, Sons of Kemet & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Our exploration of new and upcoming releases, and reissues continues with the compelling homage to Charles Mingus by Stephanie Nilles (pictured), followed by Mingus' stunning Bremen live recordings recently released by Sunnyside Records. Sandwiched between two beautiful Blue Note albums (the upcoming project by the Julian Lage Trio and an instant classic by Charles Lloyd) and ...

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Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella

Read "Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Since 2016, and even through the pandemic of 2020, jny: Madison Wisconsin has hosted a steady stream of improvisational music concerts. The majority of these are thanks to the organization named after Wisconsin's native grass, BlueStem Jazz. Founded by two retired professionals and melophiles this non-profit, award-winning establishment is dedicated to promoting and hosting a wide ...

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Dan Blake: Da Fé

Read "Da Fé" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist-composer Dan Blake's Da Fé ("of faith"), a meditation on our world in crisis, may have taken, as a starting point, the lyrics to Lou Reed's “Busload Of Faith" from the über-cynical New York (Sire, 1989) recording, “You can depend on cruelty / crudity of thought and sound / You can depend on the worst always ...

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Guitar Trios

Read "Guitar Trios" reviewed by Russell Perry


Guitar, bass and drum trios appear sporadically throughout jazz history, but did not see much frequency as a format until the 1970s, when guitarists including John Abercrombie and Pat Metheny adopted the small ensemble more commonly associated with rock power trios. In the last decade, a growing number of guitarists have settled on the trio as ...


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