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Gladwell

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From the Artist

The album unfolds according to a fanciful and story-driven plan, as Lage explains: "We began playing with the idea of creating a story we could use as a guiding light in our writing process.... The result was the development of an imaginary and forgotten town known as Gladwell.... As a metaphor, Gladwell presented us with a clear architecture, to compose songs that evoke feelings of people and places we hold dear." "Dan has a background in classical composition as well as improvisation," says Lage, "so he brings a sense of curiosity to the band that is deeply rooted in a variety of traditions. From Aristides we've learned a tremendous amount about how to play as a chamber-like ensemble, how to utilize dynamics and blending, and how to move and breathe as a unit. The sound of cello has opened our ears to the world that lives between classical music and jazz and it is amazing to witness how Aristides so uniquely marries the two. Tupac is like a conductor of energy, using his diverse palette of colors to shape and inform the music - his approach is never static, and it is exhilarating to share in his passion for uncovering new approaches. Jorge [who was the first member to join the band] has an incredible grounding force that enables the band to really take off in any direction at any point in time - I feel Jorge's presence as kind of like the narrator of a story, always keeping an eye on the bigger perspective while remaining an active participant at every turn."

About the Artist

Lage performed the three multi-tracked pieces in the presence of his Alexander Technique teacher, treating these recordings as a study in the relationship between kinesthetic awareness and improvisation. "When you hear these pieces, you're hearing a physical movement," he explains. "You're hearing an opening in me and the instrument that happens to be coming through a musical vehicle. I've been learning that you don't always have to broadcast what you're feeling when it comes to performing and recording - so long as you experience the moment as fully as possible, you can trust that the microphones will pick it all up.

Lage's recent trio appearances with fiddle master Mark O'Connor (also collaborating with the violinist's group, "Hot Swing") and bass giant John Patitucci have only strengthened the imprint of Americana and acoustic music on his work. In fact, Lage debuted on record at age 11 on Dawg Duos (1999), featuring David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck and more. "Those were my heroes," Lage marvels. (He went on to recruit Fleck for three tracks on Sounding Point.)

"Working with Mark O'Connor made me realize you can bring that simplicity and elegance of the guitar to the main stage," says Lage. "A lot of times growing up I felt the guitar had to be more like a saxophone or a piano - it was never really encouraged in jazz to use capos or open tuning, for instance. With Mark I felt I had permission to cultivate those sonic elements, and I discovered so much new music, like 'Freight Train' or old bluegrass tunes, or old-time music. It's so coupled with the design of the instrument. When you're playing that music on the guitar, it's as though all the lights are green."

Whether he's playing his Linda Manzer electric archtop guitar, writing with his rare 1934 R.A. Mango, which he used to compose "233 Butler" (Lage recorded the track on his Manzer), or the 1932 Gibson L-5 heard on the tension-filled "Telegram" (inspired by Garry Harrison's "Red Prairie Dawn"), Lage brings a purity of tone and consistency of attack to everything in his repertoire.

Hailed by All About Jazz as "a giant in the making," Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight. He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on two projects: Generations (2004) and Next Generation (2005). Other recent high-profile sideman appearances include Lucky To Be Me and Let It Come To You by longtime friend and close collaborator, pianist Taylor Eigsti. Having reunited with Gary Burton for live engagements beginning in 2010, Julian can also be heard this year as a member of the "New Gary Burton Quartet" on the forthcoming CD Common Ground (featuring Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez).

With his previous Sounding Point, Lage arrived at a unique approach to composition and ensemble craft, a searching yet accessible sound that earned him his 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. The music was "a major find," declared Time Out New York - "springy, intelligent chamber Americana that fits perfectly into a spectrum of Nonesuch-style players like Bill Frisell and Chris Thile's Punch Brothers." This new album represents another stage in that evolution, building on the proven strengths of and solidifying a unique identity for Lage's working band but continuing to open new doors and exploring new horizons. As Lage himself puts it: "Welcome to Gladwell."


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  2. Margaret 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Point The Way 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. However 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Freight Train 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Cathedral 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Listening Walk 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Cocoon 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Autumn Leaves 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Iowa Taken 9:07Album Only
11. Listen Darkly 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Telegram 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emarcy
  • ASIN: B004NQZUHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Pena on April 27, 2011
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Gladwell is the perfect follow up to sounding point in my previous review on this album which im now editing for length all i can say is the tunes were great well done 233 butler,freight train, iowa taken, autumn leaves great rendition,cocoon was phenomenal as was margaret, they were all well done listening walk worth the stroll as i said before julian stands his ground against performers twice his age, around his age and others that have left us by, i dont patronize anyone im not so easy to impress seen alot of performers pump their chest this young man is the real deal like his choice of guitars too that he uses on the album as well as the musicians he surrounds himself with, top notch
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor L. Randolph on June 13, 2013
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Found this to be truly extraordinary music. Very heartfelt. Complex, yet easily accessible. This was the first recording I had heard of Lage as a leader and its simply breath-taking! I had first heard him as accompanyist on Voyager with Eric Harland and would highly recommend that CD as well. They both reveal the new direction in contmporary jazz of group improvisation at its highest level. Right up there with Wayne Shorter and his current group. Different sound entirely, however. Shorter is hard-edged. Lage is mellower.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chad Stephenson on August 1, 2011
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Simply seeing the performance on NPR's "Tiny Desk" podcast made me purchase this--I'm excited by the drummer's use of brushes as well as Julian's instrument choices. Reminds me of a freshened voice of jazz guitar with the likes of Pat Metheny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Drew Lile on June 13, 2012
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I totally disagree with the assesement that these tunes are "chilly"-they are extremely engaging and melodic performed with great passion by all involved.Lage is the next master jazz guitarist IMO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cat People on August 31, 2013
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Julian Lage's Gladwell is a beautifully balanced, composed, arranged and performed collection of jazz-slash-Americana tunes. Lage has chops to spare but never overplays; his own, and his band's, sense of dynamics is exceptional. The melodies, instrumentation and arrangements may remind one of Al Di Meola's World Sinfonia, Bill Frisell or Charlie Haden; but Lage's playing draws from many, many other directions as well yet remains solidly grounded in American blues and folk music. The cohabitation of advanced harmonic sensibilities with Lage's love for traditional acoustic American music makes for a very compelling mix of tones and melodic influences.

"Iowa Taken" alone is worth owning this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazz on April 10, 2013
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Great music, great tone from a highly creative musician. Absolutely wonderful interpretaions of "Freight Train" and "Autumn Leaves". The concept of Gladwell as a town works well!
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