Julian Lage Shares ‘Boo’s Blues’ Single

By Nate Todd Apr 9, 2021 4:05 pm PDT

Guitarist Julian Lage shared a new single, “Boo’s Blues.” The song will land on Lage’s forthcoming album, Squint, set for release on June 11 via Blue Note Records.

Lage enlisted the help of longtime friends and collaborators Margaret Glaspy and Armand Hirsch as co-producers on Squint. The guitarist recorded the LP at Nashville’s Sound Emporium in August 2020 with his band bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King.

Squint marks Lage’s debut on Blue Note. Lage spoke about recording for the legendary jazz label in a statement. Read his words below:

I absolutely love improvised music, and I’ve always been fascinated by singer-songwriter music. For me, the jazz that came out of Blue Note always engaged both sides of that. It had incredible improvisational vocabularies and performances, but when I think of albums from Grant Green’s Idle Moments to Joe Henderson’s Inner Urge to McCoy Tyner’s Time for Tyner with Bobby Hutcherson – all these records that I love so much also have such great songs. I felt like this was an opportunity to present new music born out of the Blue Note tradition as I’ve interpreted it.

Julian previewed the record last month with “Saint Rose,” a song he crafted with informal counseling from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Lage now follows with “Boo’s Blues.”

“I like to imagine this music being played by the titans of bass and drums,” Lage said of the new single. “I’m imagining Billy Higgins, I’m imagining Art Taylor, I’m imagining Wilbur Ware, even though I’m writing explicitly for Dave and Jorge.”

Listen to “Boo’s Blues” below:

Squint Tracklist:

  1. Etude (Julian Lage)
  2. Boo’s Blues (Julian Lage)
  3. Squint (Julian Lage)
  4. Saint Rose (Julian Lage)
  5. Emily (Johnny Mandel-Johnny Mercer)
  6. Familiar Flower (Julian Lage)
  7. Day and Age (Julian Lage)
  8. Quiet Like A Fuse (Julian Lage)
  9. Short Form (Julian Lage)
  10. Twilight Surfer (Julian Lage)
  11. Call of The Canyon (Billy Hill)
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