Julian Lage is one of the most inspirational and talented guitarists of our time. Julian began playing guitar at a very young age and was considered to be a prodigy. Before even hitting his teens he had already performed on several television shows and even played with Carlos Santana. Julian was trained to play jazz guitar but his original compositions are much different than the straight ahead jazz.
Julian’s most recent release is ‘Modern Lore’. The music sounds like a lot of Julians previous music he has released, very free and limitless. The album was released by Mack Avenue Records, along side many other great musicians such as Joey Defrancesco, Nels Cline, and Stanley Jordan.
The instrumentation consists of Julian on guitar, Scott Colley on the double bass, and Kenny Wolleson on the drums. Each of them hold their own grove and make sweet melodic rhythms and sounds throughout the entire record.
My favorite tune of the record is probably General Thunder, which changes from major to minor sounds throughout the entire piece. The 3 talented musicians create an atmosphere that makes it seem like you’re actually with them creating the music. Even though it’s in 4/4 it almost feels like it is slipping back and forth between different time signatures.
Every song flows right into each other and the entire album puts you in a feel good mood. Wordsmith is on of the slower songs on the record, but still makes you want to move around once the song gets going. The feeling and time in this song leaves the listener in a feel good mood and leaves them wanting to keep hearing more.
Julian’s personality is really spoken throughout his playing and you can feel his humble attitude through his carefully chosen notes and emotional playing. Julian’s song writing and playing is the perfect combination between country, jazz, and the modern sounds that a lot of players composers are creating now a days.
I would recommend this album to anyone no matter what genre you like. This album is good for anyone who likes well crafted music, not just jazz. From start to finish as a listener, you want to just know what’s going to come next. This album is just as good as Julian’s previous release, Mount royal, if not even better. A must listen to for anyone who is interested to hear some of the best new music from 2018.
Photo above is the Album cover of ‘Modern Lore’
If you are interested in hearing some of these songs live here are Julian’s tour dates below:
2018 Tour Dates:
01/16 – Prague, Czech Republic – Jazz Dock
01/17 – London, United Kingdom – PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)
01/18 – München, Germany – Unterfahrt Jazzclub
01/19 – Fribourg, Switzerland – La Spirale
01/20 – Dortmund, Germany – Domicil
02/15 – Vancouver, BC – Franie’s Jazz Club
02/16 – Bothell, WA – Northshore Performing Arts Center
02/17 – Portland, OR – Dolores Winningstad Theatre
02/18 – Healdsburg, CA – Raven Performing Arts Theatre
02/19 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumwa Jazz Center
02/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
02/21 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
02/23 – Lafayette, LA – Acadiana Center for the Arts
02/28 – Oxford, GA – Oxford College of Emory University
03/01 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
03/04 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
03/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
03/07 – Bethesda, MD – Camarillo Concerts House Show
03/08 – Washington, DC – Library of Congress
03/09 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
03/10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
03/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
03/13 – Peninsula, PA – G.A.R Hall
04/07 – Savannah, GA – Charles H. Morris Center
05/11 – Colorado Springs, CO – Entertainment Center for the Arts
06/14 – San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium