Julian Lage Group - Gladwell
- Kenny Mathieson
- 13 June 2011
American guitarist's multiple genre style quietly captivating
American guitarist Julian Lage made a big impression as a teenager when he appeared with Gary Burton at the Glasgow Jazz Festival a few years back, and is now maturing into an idiosyncratic and fascinating artist.
Like Bill Frisell, albeit perhaps in more overtly virtuosic fashion, his music encompasses multiple genres, from jazz and folk to Latin and classical. The combination of fine playing, intelligent and thoughtful compositions and the ensemble textures generated from his group’s unconventional instrumentation – guitar, cello, saxophone, bass and percussion – is quietly captivating.