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LJ is producing and writing incidental music for a play written by his wife Hope - it opens at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks CA - Without Annette

LJ's coffee table photo book Guitar With Wings is now available - check it out here.

Check the concert schedule for LJ's upcoming concerts - new dates are being added all the time.

 

There are still a few vinyl copies available of 'Under An Indigo Sky'. Check out a recent performance of Cry Me A River

 

"The DADGAD badass is back with another stellar solo acoustic offering. Juber works his multi-part magic on more well chosen covers, such as “Mrs. Robinson,” “All the Things You Are,” and “Cry Me a River,” as well as on several original compositions that easily sit side by side with the classics. His tone and touch are perfect throughout and his interpretation of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” is particularly cool. Highly recommended." - GUITAR PLAYER

 

New CD/DVD combo 'Catch LJ Live!' is out now! Watch the promo video here

 

'Still Alive', a duet with Paul Williams. Available exclusively on iTunes being released to coincide with the release of the documentary
of the same name.

 

LJ's award-winning 'Guitar Noir' DVD-AV was re-released by the audiophile label AIX Records late October.

 

Review of 'Soul Of Light' from minor7th.com

 

Laurence Juber is one of today’s most popular solo guitarists. His live performances feature a mix of originals and crowd-pleasing arrangements of pop tunes, ranging from Harold Arlen’s "It’s Only a Paper Moon" and Beatles favorites to Jimi Hendrix’s classic "Little Wing." This CD is a retrospective of Juber’s own compositions, and is notable for several reasons. First, although Juber wrote and first recorded most of these pieces over the last 30 years, the performances are new and played on various LJ signature Martin guitars. His body of work as a composer for solo guitar is both varied and consistently high in quality, and the selections here represent his output very well. His decision to revisit these pieces led him to record the album in his high-quality home studio and subtly reinterpret the material with interludes and new improvisations. The disc begins with "Silhouette", which Juber previously released in solo and duet versions (the latter on the bonus disc X4). The tune begins in a minor key, then modulates to its relative major for an effective change in mood. Five short interludes add cohesiveness to the set and effectively introduce each full-length tune that follows; e.g., "Pre-Flight", which precedes "Solo Flight", and "Kanan Dunes", the prelude to "PCH" (i.e., Pacific Coast Highway). Although I don’t have set lists of Juber’s live performances, he hasn’t played most of these pieces at shows I’ve attended, nor has he presented a program of original material like this. It bears mentioning here that many of Juber’s arrangements and improvisations take advantage of the close chord voicings possible in DADGAD tuning (in contrast to the approach of early DADGAD guitarists Davey Graham, Martin Carthy and their cohorts, who used the tuning to articulate melodies). Largely because of this, he’s widened the musical landscape for solo guitar. Every one of the full-length pieces here is a gem, though some of my favorites are "Mosaic", "Blue Lullaby", and the new composition, "Father Time", which closes the program. "Soul of Light" is one of Laurence Juber’s best efforts; it reflects his skills as a composer and player in exemplary fashion.   © Patrick Ragains

 

LJ played acoustic, with Patrice Rushen on piano and Tom Scott on sax, on the Evan Rachel Wood track 'I'll Have You Any Time'

He is also playing electric and acoustic guitar on the Seal/Jeff Beck Like A Rolling Stone.

Both are tracks on the The Amnesty International 'Chimes Of Freedom' collection.

 

 

 

 

 

LJ wrote the music for a documentary by NBC Dateline - 'America Now: Children Of The Harvest '

 

 

The transcriptions of LJ Plays the Beatles, Vol. 2 are now available. Published by Hal Leonard as

'Laurence Juber Plays Lennon/McCartney'.

The 'Suspicious Minds' transcription is available in the 'A Guitar For Elvis' book.


Review of LJ Plays the Beatles, Vol. 2 in
Acoustic Guitar magazine by Phil Catalfo:

"When it comes to Beatles songs, nothing can displace the originals in the popular imagination. But artful covers of their immortal compositions can deepen our appreciation of the inventive melodies, irresistible chord progressions, and boundless creativity the Fab Four evinced in their brilliant catalog. Ace fingerstylist Laurence Juber, who spent three years recording and touring with Paul McCartney’s band Wings, is noted for (among other things) his Beatles interpretations and has previously devoted one entire album and many other album tracks to their songlist. His second Beatles-exclusive collection, like the first, soars and swoops through the Lads’ musical derring-do and adds his own. For instance, on “Penny Lane,” Juber somehow plays McCartney’s bass line and the piccolo trumpet part simultaneously. But it’s not just Juber’s considerable chops that impress and satisfy; it’s the subtle, jazzy chord extensions (“You Can’t Do That”), the tender legatos (“Here, There, and Everywhere”), and, best of all, the reinvention of iconic guitar parts, which here sound recognizable yet fresh (“Blackbird”). The result is a keenly pleasurable journey through some of the best music ever created. "