Julian Lage is of the “highest category of improvising musicians, those who can enact thoughts and impulses as they receive them” (New Yorker). The California-born, now New York-based guitarist has evolved from collaborator (with giants such as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Charles Lloyd) to bandleader.
On Modern Lore, Julian Lage’s second studio recording with his trio, the composer, guitarist and ‘modern master’ (Jazzwise) creates “a virtuosic swirl of twangy textures and gritty grooves” (Downbeat), building his melodies and solos around the work of the prodigious rhythm section of double bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Modern Lore finds Lage playfully flipping the script he followed on his acclaimed 2016 Mack Avenue debut, Arclight. NPR calls Modern Lore “the strongest album of Lage’s career so far, and the first that fully captures his trademark melding of fleet precision, open-road possibility and radiant self-assurance.”
Evidenced in a wide discography of duo projects (Fred Hersh, Nels Cline, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge), the New Yorker muses, “There’s a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music…”
photo: Nathan West