Lage, Julian / Layers , The
Album:Layers , The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Lage, Julian Added:Mar 2023
Label:Blue Note Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2023-03-30 Pull Date:2023-06-01 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 28May 21May 14May 7Apr 30Apr 9Apr 2

Recent Airplay
1.May 31, 2023:That's not Bluegrass
Double Southpaw
4.May 15, 2023:Brain worm
Mantra, Everything Helps
2.May 23, 2023:Alien Hour
Double Southpaw
5.May 13, 2023:Virtually Happy
The Layers
3.May 17, 2023:That's not Bluegrass
Double Southpaw
6.May 11, 2023:Run-Away Radio

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2023-03-18 

Jazz composer, guitarist, and Stanford Jazz Workshop member Julian Lage presents a half dozen short impressionistic pieces on this 2023 release. The lineup is two electric guitars, acoustic bass, and drums; except tracks 2 & 4 are stripped down to duets. Bill Frisell is featured as second electric guitar.

FCC clean; all instrumental

1 very slow, gentle. two electric guitars in dialog plus restrained bass & drums (4:13)
2 * very slow. pleasant acoustic guitar & bass duet w classical .& perhaps Spanish touches. RIYL American Primitive guitars like Marisa Anderson, Robbie Basho, John Fahey. (3:03)
3 slow. quite improvisational, a bit experimental with some sound effects. (5:35)
4 slow. just two electric guitars with no rhythm section; subdued, a bit New Agey. (4:19)
5 ** mid-slow.this one is more adventurous and gives more umph from the lead guitar. FIYL “world” jazz like Oregon & Paul Winter Consort. challenging but worthwhile. (4:01)
6 ** mid-slow. (how can the title track be a bonus track?) prettily melodic; almost catchy. nice interplay from all four players. (3:43)

Track Listing
1.Everything Helps 4.This World
2.Double Southpaw 5.Mantra
3.Missing Voices 6.The Layers