It was an afternoon and evening of beautiful and eclectic music at Anne Arundel Community College as the music department played host to the gifted young guitarist Julian Lage for an free clinic followed by a solo concert.”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 protege of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on two projects: Generations (2004) and Next Generation (2005). Lage reunited with Burton for live engagements beginning in 2010, and can be heard this year as a member of the “New Gary Burton Quartet” on the forthcoming CD Common Ground, also featuring Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez.”
Julian left his custom built Linda Manzer guitar behind for this visit, instead relying on a Bill Nash telecaster and a 1930s vintage Martin flat top, running the tele through a Electro Harmonix MemoryMan pedal for some truly otherworldly looping effects. If the capacity audience expected a concert of straight-ahead jazz, they were astounded and delighted as Julian alternated instruments and styles, easily navigating between achingly beautiful renditions of American traditional folk tunes and flights of cosmic wonderment and angular pyschedelic bursts from his battered telecaster. As always, AACC has provided the community with the opportunity to see and hear yet another talented musician in an intimate and comfortable venue. We can all look forward to the return of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo on May 10th.