Julian Lage Plans New Trio Release in ’16

Telecaster-centric album will mix pre-bebop and original songs

Julian Lage at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival
Julian Lage at Winter Jazz Fest 2012

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Guitarist Julian Lage will release his first album with his new trio of bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kelly Wolleson in early 2016 . In an exclusive interview with JazzTimes, Lage announced that the album, to be titled Arclight, will be produced by singer-songwriter Jesse Harris. “It’s a collection of 11 or 12 songs,” Lage said. “Some are originals and some are pre-bebop era songs: Jack Teagarden stuff, stuff that Bix [Beiderbecke] would have played. It’s kind of a Telecaster record. It’s very driven by my relationship with that instrument. I found that a lot of older songs had a vibrancy similar to early electric guitar. It wasn’t yet formalized. It was kind of pre-Great American Songbook era, pre-guitar sound, per se. Somehow that makes it sound kind of fresh to me. Early turn of the century writing mixed with early ’50s electronics. It’s kind of a cool combination.”