“Julian Lage is one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and a seemingly boundless curiosity.” – The New York Times
Nels Cline, Wilco guitarist and one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, returns with Julian Lage to perform the latest concoctions from their longstanding duo partnership, showing off the pinnacle of guitar music and virtuosity. Substantial shredding may occur.
One of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time, Cline’s most recent release, Lovers, out now on Blue Note Records, is a collection of “mood music” over 20 years in the making.
Beyond Wilco, Cline performs in a duo project with jazz guitar prodigy Julian Lage in addition to a quartet The Nels Cline Four (that includes Lage plus bassist Scott Colley and drummer Tom Rainey). Cline also performs in CUP, a duo with wife and musical collaborator Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto) and leads The Nels Cline Singers (featuring Scott Amendola, bassist Trevor Dunn and Cyro Baptista).
At age 27, Julian Lage already boasts a resume that an artist twice his age would be proud to claim. A former child prodigy—he was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight—the California-born, now New York-based guitarist has collaborated with such giants as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Charles Lloyd. He’s released three albums as a leader, most recently 2016’s trio outing Arclight featuring Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. UK’s Jazzwise describes Arclight as ‘… a bright light shone on very specific, finely wrought musical miniatures that unfold untold pleasures.’
Lage has also released several duo projects including with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, pianist Fred Hersch, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge.