The second high profile jazz album to appear this year sharing almost but not quite the same title because View with a Room is handily shorn of the indefinite article the first being Trish Clowes' release on Greenleaf. This latest couldn't be more different to saxist Clowes' dreamily oblique vision, Julian Lage preferring instead a rustic Americana and driving rootsy approach once again. Already approaching icon status he has been part of the jazz furniture for years and with a technique and crucially playful flair that make him stand out from the crowd here he is with Squint bassist Jorge Roeder, again that connection The Bad Plus drummer Dave King and the great Bill Frisell playing originals that are both spirited and cerebral. Beyond grammar an indefinite sense not at all Lage is increasingly the definitive article in terms of jazz guitar syntactically and semantically rich in structure and meaning with bluesiness never more than a step or two away.
Out on 16 September. Four tracks are streaming ahead of full release