From Paul de Barros: Two of the most creative guitarists in jazz, from two generations, team up for an open-ended romp at the Royal Room on Tuesday: Veteran Nels Cline, 58, a polymath familiar to broad audiences from his work with Wilco, Thurston Moore and Scott Amendola; and Julian Lage, the 27-year-old phenom introduced a few years back by vibist Gary Burton. The pair recently released the aptly titled “Room,” a string of free-ish improvisations that leave lots of space between the lines, including the conspiratorial “Whispers From Eve,” reverb-laden “Freesia/The Bond” and sitar-inspired “Calder.” Though the album overall feels a bit precious and abstract, odds are these guys will be more lively on stage than in the studio. Besides, my colleagues in the monthly Down Beat magazine feature, The Hot Box, all disagreed with me. Album ratings aside, I’ll definitely be checking these guys out live, and so should you. 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Royal Room, Seattle; $20.
January 9, 2015 at 11:57 AM