Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

World's Fair

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

World's Fair

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Julian Lage

Modern Lore

The child prodigy finds nuance and maturity on first all-solo guitar set

Julian Lage may be the most down-to-earth guitar virtuoso ever. When he plays-or talks about his playing-there's not an ounce of pretentiousness in his demeanor. He breaks into a big smile when he finds a particularly sweet spot on the fretboard. He's naturally inquisitive; he listens intently. That's perhaps why Lage, groomed since he was 12, has become one of the guitar world's finest players.

On his first set of all-solo acoustic-guitar pieces, Lage brings together folk, jazz, and other musical references in 12 improvised, though compact songs (none much longer than four minutes) with deceptively simple melodies that connect on a deeply emotional level. Opening track "40's" is a sweet folk melody that arrives on a breeze of melancholy, as if through an open car window during a summer drive into the country. …

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