When Julian Lage, appearing with Mark O’Connor in SIZZLING HOT SWING, emerged on the music scene 13 years ago, the young San Francisco Bay Area-based musician was not only deemed a guitar-playing prodigy, but he was also offered record deals on numerous occasions. Lage played a unique style that melded blues, classical, folk and jazz influences. He became a sideman with established instrumentalists like Gary Burton and to collaborate with contemporaries such as pianist Taylor Eigsti and violinist Mark O’Connor. Along the way, Lage received recognition from musical luminaries, including Herbie Hancock and Béla Fleck.
At the age of 21, the Boston-based Lage released his debut album, Sounding Point on EmArcy Records, an imprint of Universal Records. The music ranges from through-composed works and impromptu improvisations in duo and trio settings to solo excursions and a finale capped by a masterful rendering of Miles Davis’s All Blues. Lage also delivers impressively original covers of Elliott Smith’s Alameda and Neil Hefti’s Lil’ Darlin.
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