Julian Lage Trio announce new album, Squint

It’s Lage’s debut on Blue Note Records.

Jazz guitarist Julian Lage has announced a new album by the Julian Lage trio, entitled Squint. The album is Lage’s first on legendary jazz label Blue Note Records, and is set to arrive on 11 June.

In a statement about the release and the new label, Lage said: “I absolutely love improvised music, and I’ve always been fascinated by singer-songwriter music. For me, the jazz that came out of Blue Note always engaged both sides of that. It had incredible improvisational vocabularies and performances, but when I think of albums from Grant Green’s Idle Moments to Joe Henderson’s Inner Urge to McCoy Tyner’s Time For Tyner with Bobby Hutcherson – all these records that I love so much also have such great songs.”

He explained how that influenced the performances on Squint, saying: “I felt like this was an opportunity to present new music born out of the Blue Note tradition as I’ve interpreted it.”

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Alongside Lage, the trio consists of bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King. Squint’s first single, Saint Rose, has arrived alongside the announcement – you can hear it below.

Lage recently collaborated with Collings on a new signature guitar model – his first electric with the brand. It features Ron Ellis Ellisonic pickups, a choice inspired by Lage’s affinity for vintage Dynasonic single-coils, and their dynamic, lively response.

Squint can be preordered here.

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