Free Flying

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's quite rare when a jazz duet album between two complementary instruments is so intuitive it often sounds like the work of one player with multiple voices. Such is the case on Free Flying, a live encounter between pianist Fred Hersch and 25-year-old guitarist Julian Lage. The latter is a prodigy who first appeared on a David Grisman album at age eight, played live with Carlos Santana at nine, and by 13 had worked with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Gary Burton (he is still a member of the vibraphonist's New Quartet), as well as issuing a pair of fine solo albums for Emarcy in 2009 and 2011, establishing himself as a mature jazzman. The exercise here is counterpoint in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It's quite rare when a jazz duet album between two complementary instruments is so intuitive it often sounds like the work of one player with multiple voices. Such is the case on Free Flying, a live encounter between pianist Fred Hersch and 25-year-old guitarist Julian Lage. The latter is a prodigy who first appeared on a David Grisman album at age eight, played live with Carlos Santana at nine, and by 13 had worked with everyone from Herbie Hancock and Gary Burton (he is still a member of the vibraphonist's New Quartet), as well as issuing a pair of fine solo albums for Emarcy in 2009 and 2011, establishing himself as a mature jazzman. The exercise here is counterpoint in modern harmony, and in some cases, such as on "Songs Without Words #4: Duets" and the title track, display a near classical formalism. Country gospel is the vehicle on "Down Home," while knotty modernism fuels "Beatrice" and "Stealthiness." The closer is a thoroughly reimagined, yet vastly imaginative reading of "Monk's Dream."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • UPC: 753957216825
  • Catalog Number: 2168
  • Sales rank: 7,899

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song Without Words #4: Duet - Julian Lage (6:54)
  2. 2 Down Home - Julian Lage (5:53)
  3. 3 Heartland - Julian Lage (4:57)
  4. 4 Free Flying - Julian Lage (5:04)
  5. 5 Beatrice - Julian Lage (5:29)
  6. 6 Song Without Words #3: Tango - Julian Lage (5:45)
  7. 7 Stealthiness - Julian Lage (5:16)
  8. 8 Gravity's Pull - Julian Lage (7:03)
  9. 9 Monk's Dream - Julian Lage (6:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Hersch Primary Artist, Piano
Julian Lage Guitar
Technical Credits
Fred Hersch Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Sam Rivers Composer
Robert John Executive Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
A.T. Michael MacDonald Mastering
Julian Lage Producer
Geoff Countryman Engineer
Missi Callazzo Executive Producer
Tyler McDairmid Engineer
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