Fresh off the announcement of his second signature Collings guitar, the 470 JL, Julian Lage has announced a new solo album, Squint.
His debut for the vaunted Blue Note Records, it features the jazz guitar virtuoso with his trusty Julian Lage Trio bandmates – bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King.
Set for a June 11 release, it was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium studios last August, after planned sessions in the spring were cancelled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can check out the album's lead single, "Saint Rose," below.
“Going into this album, my first tactic was just to make positive, beautiful music – a beam of light from three cats who love each other," Lage said of the album in a statement.
"After the recording didn't happen, I started reflecting on the music’s intent. It was clearer than ever that art and music are platforms to influence and heal and facilitate conversations. It became really important to me to capture a certain sense of emotional complexity to the music, a little fuzziness. This record sits comfortably in the unknown.”
Lage co-produced Squint with guitarist and longtime collaborator Armand Hirsch and singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy. “On one level, the combination of Margaret and Armand is just abundant support,” Lage said of their contribution, "but I also have such deep respect for what they both bring to the music.
"They helped make sure that the essential experience was always there, that Squint never became a pursuit to make a good jazz guitar record, but to create music with a clear spiritual pulse.”
To preorder Squint, point your browser this way. You can check out the album's cover art and track list below.
Julian Lage – Squint
2. Boo's Blues
4. Saint Rose
6. Familiar Flower
7. Day and Age
8. Quiet Like A Fuse
9. Short Form
10. Twilight Surfer
11. Call of The Canyon
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