Veteran guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco, The Nels Cline Singers) and youthful virtuoso Julian Lage (Gary Burton, Mark O'Connor, Jim Hall) release 'Room', their first album as a duo.
The setup on 'Room' is simple. Lage is on the left channel, Cline on the right. The sound is pristine, alive with personality and contrast, improvisational daring and jaw-dropping precision. We hear two guitar masters who span the generations, comfortable in every conceivable role, meeting the daunting challenges of these compositions while giving themselves over to the moment.
Nels Cline is a major force as a guitarist and improviser. Named by Rolling Stone as one of 20 "new guitar gods" and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, Cline has gained his widest fame as a member of acclaimed rock band Wilco since 2004. He's known for a certain cranked-up experimental mayhem, the kind sometimes heard from his extraordinary trio The Nels Cline Singers, which released the well-received 'Macroscope' on Mack Avenue in 2014.
Lage has taken the world of jazz guitar by storm. The New York Times hails the "disarming spirit of generosity" in Lage's music and notes the young guitarist's "roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music." In addition to his work with Mark O'Connor, the late Jim Hall, Anthony Wilson and a great many others, Lage leads his own groundbreaking groups as documented on the albums 'Gladwell' and 'Sounding Point' (the latter earning Lage a Grammy nomination).
Personnel: Nels Cline, Julian Lage (electric and acoustic guitars)