Jazz Master Julian Lage Guides You Through His New Album, 'Love Hurts'

Julian Lage with his 1954 Fender Telecaster (Image credit: Nathan West)

Although he’s just 31, Julian Lage’s career has spanned more than two decades and has seen the virtuosic guitarist perform with artists ranging from Carlos Santana (when he was only 9) to Doc Watson to David Grisman. He’s also recorded with Wilco’s Nels Cline and the Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge and released albums in duo, trio, quartet and quintet configurations, as well as in solo acoustic format. And — to round things off — Lage is a current Guitar World columnist.

His newest record, Love Hurts, finds Lage leading a trio rounded out by bassist Jorge Roeder and Bad Plus drummer Dave King, and, characteristic of his ever-curious musical mind, tackling an idiosyncratic collection of songs that, in addition to several originals, includes Roy Orbison’s “Crying,” Keith Jarrett’s “The Windup,” Ornette Coleman’s “Tomorrow Is the Question” and the Boudleaux Bryant title track, made famous by the Everly Brothers and, later, in power-ballad form, by Seventies rockers Nazareth.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.