Saturday morning listen: Today drawn from Squint (Blue Note, 11 June) it's a Julian Lage title, 'Boo's Blues', the US guitarist with the Peruvian double bassist Jorge Roeder and US drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus. You can also hear 'Saint Rose' streaming ahead of release. Recorded in a Nashville studio last summer 'Boo's Blues' is California dreaming and a ship in a bottle that you just want to examine every little piece of squeezed in however impossibly. And like a sofa that's seen better days that you just love every spring of even when it's not built for comfort you certainly don't want to part with it at all.
A piece that's like part of the furniture after even a play or two: further listening leads organically to Grant Green in the mind's eye in trio formation on one of the greatest set of changes imaginable for an improviser in this style and sensibility domain, Jerome Kern's 'All the Things You Are'. Gauging the Lage he stands on the shoulders of a Blue Note giant and icon of the music such as Green and is now on the greatest label in jazz as a leader, an achievement in its own right, Green's own in his heyday, carrying the fire fearlessly to a new generation as Green continues to provide joy through the immortality of his own records that still inspire us everywhere in the embers sparking our imaginations.