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Julian Lage: View with a Room (Blue Note)

10. Julian Lage View with a Room (Blue Note)

Leading a trio joined on seven tracks by similarly restless guitar explorer Bill Frisell, Lage applies his gorgeous tone, impeccable rhythmic feel, and intriguing note choices to a set of original compositions drawing from jazz, blues, rock, and Americana. The shimmering sounds and interplay with bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King (the Bad Plus) grow more entrancing with each listen. The slow-burning “Echo” and churning, busy “Word for Word” are among many standout tracks. PHILIP BOOTH