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Artist’s Choice: Julian Lage on Modern Jazz Guitar

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.

Kurt Rosenwinkel
Julian Lage at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

At the onset of this project, I started thinking about what musicians inspired me most-what individuals seemed to be the most influential in my development. And, apart from my undying love and respect for the masters who have laid the foundation for this musical community, it occurred to me how the people who inspire me the most are so often my contemporaries.

It is a total privilege to witness the music of today being created, and I look to these players and composers as beacons of the social and musical climate that we all share. I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of the guitar community at large and, more specifically, the jazz-guitar community. So here are 10 recordings of jazz guitarists whom I consider to be integral within the modern scene-players who represent the creative passion, virtuosity and musicality I see all around me. It’s an honor to share them with you.

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