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L-R: Dan Blake, Julian Lage, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland perform on Toast of the Nation. (Berklee College of Music)

Julian Lage Trio: Live In Concert

by Patrick Jarenwattananon
Jan 1, 2012 (WGBH Radio)

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The guitarist Julian Lage came to prominence as a child prodigy; still a young twenty-something, he's become a thoughtful composer and bandleader too. With his working quintet, the Julian Lage Group, he developed two cinematic, expansive albums, including 2011's Gladwell. (There's a lot more where that came from too.)

But then his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, called him for a New Year's Eve gig. So he switched up the script by calling two of the top sidemen in jazz today: drummer Eric Harland, whose irregularly-convened but explosive band features Lage, and bassist Larry Grenadier, who Lage first jammed with as a 12-year-old boy. Also on the gig was saxophonist Dan Blake, an unannounced "special guest." If Blake appears to mesh with the music naturally, it would make sense; he's a standing member of the Julian Lage Group.

Set List

All compositions by Julian Lage unless otherwise noted.

  • "233 Butler"
  • "Grey Lightning"
  • "The Best Thing for You" (Berlin)
  • "Up from the North"
  • "The Time it Takes"
  • "However"


  • Julian Lage, guitar
  • Larry Grenadier, bass
  • Eric Harland, drums
  • Dan Blake, tenor saxophone
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