Lage Lund: Turn Out the Stars
Turn Out the Stars
Lage Lund (guitar)
Standards (Lage Lund / TuneCore)
Lage Lund (guitar),
Orlando LeFleming (bass), Rodney Green (drums).
Composed by Bill Evans.
Recorded: New York, 2007
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Guitarist Lage Lund, a young, unassuming, Norwegian-in-Brooklyn, has already amassed an impressive list of musical accomplishments. After studying at the Berklee College of Music upon arriving in the United States, Lund soon became the first electric guitarist granted a full scholarship to the Julliard Jazz Studies program in 2003, and won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition in 2005, where he was selected as the winner by a panel of judges who might know a thing or two about jazz guitar: Pat Martino, Earl Klugh, John Pizzarelli, Bill Frisell, Russell Malone and Stanley Jordan. Responding to why Lund won the top prize, Malone stated, "Lage wasn't flashy. He was just all music and all soul – that's what we all agreed upon. Great tone, great interpreter. One of the things I liked about him was that when he played these melodies he didn't embellish them – he was true to them."
"Turn out the Stars" reveals the elements of Malone's description. Lund exhibits a wise-beyond-his-years ability to strip away all but the truest sense of a standard's melody and harmonic groundwork (à la Hall and Frisell), and there's no better way to sense this gift than on Lund's interpretation of one of Bill Evans's lyrical compositions. As Lund's improvisation develops, so does its complexity, as evidenced by the web of propulsive ideas he weaves between 2:30 and 3:30. But not to worry: his classic tone and relaxed style create a fluidity that makes this heavy thinking as comfortable to listen to as his unembellished melodic statements. Busy New York players Orlando LeFleming and Rodney Green are elegant throughout, especially LeFleming's Haden-esque harmonic predictions of Lund's every move. We'll be hearing a lot more from all of these players, with Lund gently leading the way.
Reviewer: Eric Novod