• JULIAN LAGE TRIO April / May 2023


A companion album to View With A Room
Available March 17th on Blue Note

„View With A Room“ out on Blue Note Records

“In so many ways, I've wanted to make this record for years,” says Lage of View With A Room. “It comes from a line of musical inquiry: can you have lush orchestration combined with an organic sense of improvisation and the agility of a small ensemble?”

Without bolstering the line-up with additional instrumentation and more intricate writing, thus losing the maneuverability and venturesome spontaneity that he’s honed with Roeder and King over the last several years, Lage found his solution where he so often does: in the guitar.

“The answer came from some of the historical references that matter to me about the electric guitar,” Lage explains. “There's a certain lineage that grows out of early pioneers like Jimmy Bryant and George Barnes and Charlie Christian, where there's this almost electric volatility to the sound. It's both beautiful and kind of sharp; it’s subdued and warm, but also kind of gritty. In thinking about the orchestration for this album, I wanted to foster the point of that arrow.”

There’s no one better suited to understanding what Lage was seeking, who is better versed in the history of guitar and jazz and beyond, its personalities and possibilities, than Bill Frisell. The legendary guitarist has worked with Lage in several different contexts, including duo concerts and projects devised by John Zorn, and enhances Lage’s vision in atmospheric and incisive ways throughout View With A Room. The pair honed in on a shorthand vocabulary rich with references as diverse as the Beach Boys, Keith Jarrett’s American and European Quartets, and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. The two guitarists’ subtle weave is at the heart of “Auditorium,” where Frisell’s agile rhythm work buoys Lage’s eloquent leads atop the gracefully subtle propulsion of Roeder and King.

“There's no one I would trust more than Bill Frisell to come into our trio ecosystem and be able to expand it while totally embracing it,” Lage says. “It became a beautiful collaboration that achieved the Technicolor experience that I’ve been searching for.”

View With A Room was produced by Margaret Glaspy, his wife and musical partner who brings her own insights as a singer-songwriter to the lyrical and storytelling aspects that make Lage’s compositions so singular. She worked closely at Brooklyn’s Bridge Studios with engineer Mark Goodell, who Lage credits with “wrangling this album into a sonic place that references what we love best about classic Blue Note records while still feeling utterly contemporary and unique to the sound of this band.” Lage’s longtime friend and collaborator Armand Hirsch added integral post-production elements that bring the emotional intent of each song into focus.

Line Up

Julian Lage, guitar
Jorge Roeder, bass
Dave King, drums




25.04.2023  travel to Europe
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27.04.2023  MANCHESTER/England - Band on the WallTickets
29.04.2023  LONDON/England - Union ChapelTickets
30.04.2023  CHELTENHAM/England
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02.05.2023  AMSTERDAM/Netherlands - BimhuisTickets
03.05.2023  AMSTERDAM/Netherlands
04.05.2023  HAMBURG/Germany - Elbphilharmonie Kleiner SaalTickets
06.05.2023  TILBURG/Netherlands
07.05.2023  BADEN-BADEN/Germany - Festspielhaus Baden-BadenTickets
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09.05.2023  WIEN/Austria - Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music ClubTickets
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11.05.2023  ANKARA/Turkey - CSO Concert HallTickets
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13.05.2023  COUTANCES/France Tickets
14.05.2023  return home


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