Well Lit Shadow Electronic Press Kit

Well Lit Shadow, the sixth studio album from critically-acclaimed guitarist Jake Hertzog releases March 29th, 2016 and celebrates themes and images in particle physics. 

Jake writes in the Liner Notes:

Well Lit Shadow is a suite for solo electric guitar inspired by the images of particle collisions. The music was composed as a set of nine pieces with short improvisations leading from one to the next. Some of the pieces are very literal, they are an attempt to depict the chaos and beauty of these collisions and the images produced by our measurements of them. Other pieces are meditations on the deeper meaning of these experiments, the incredible machines we have created to do them, and the secret knowledge we have built them to pursue.

Improvisation takes a literal meaning in this piece, representing the unpredictability of the particles themselves and the uncertainty of what will be discovered.
— Jake Hertzog, from liner notes

Well Lit Shadow, Hertzog’s sixth studio release, combines forward-leaning original compositions with undisputed technical prowess to produce an album which almost defies categorization - Well Lit Shadow is perfectly cast, as it delivers the unexpected and leaves the listener aching to hear more.
— Preston Frazier, Something Else Reviews
Hertzog’s musicianship shines through and bright walking riffs on tracks such as “Star Drops” and “Traces of You” evoke images of devoted researchers working through vast amounts of data in pursuit of knowledge
— James Dacey, Physics World
Randomness and stability are both stakeholders in the suite, contributing to this unique complex of sound sculptures. This is a one-of-a-kind album bent on focusing large scale thought on the smallest bits of matter, and focusing on a single track would just take away from the beautiful big picture.
— Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
The ten part album opens with an eerie “Introduction” before gliding into pensive spaciousness that is picked and strummed on “Star Drops” and “Color Detection.” The is a gentleness to the album, as on the finger work on “Trace Of You” that is fragrant and tender, with the album closing with a contemplative “Ever Unseeable.” Gentle sparkles
— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
Guitarist Jake Hertzog is a modern master of the jazz art form but the subtle, meditative improv nature of his solo guitar CD takes his talent to a new level of guitar artistry
— Robert Steven Silverstein, Music Web Express
Jake has a very personal, post-modern harmonic conception, and there is a very palpable, discernible, almost classically inflected acoustic-electric quality (like Bill Frisell and Julian Bream meet Arnold Schoenberg) which makes his compositions and variations very centered and acoustically engaging. Jake Hertzog is one of the most gifted, disciplined and original of a new generation of young guitarists coming on fast.
— Chip Stern, renown jazz critic and author
[Hertzog] manages to evoke feeling in the purely logical world of physics and particle collisions through exquisite, emotive music. That’s quite a feat.
— Carol Banks Weber, AXS.com
A culmination of art, music and science
— Brett Ecklund, KX93.5, Jazz Quest Radio
Although only one instrument is used this music has a surprising amount of depth as his chords and notes are often used in imaginative ways with varying degrees of light and shade and at times taking some unexpected twists and turns.
— Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquil
[a] deeply original, thought provoking set of nu acoustic instrumental music that can’t be defined yet but it is a cut above
— Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Selections from the suite:

Images from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN such as these are the inspiration behind the music

Jake Hertzog is now available to perform Well Lit Shadow live, with or without live interactive video and animation. Now available for 2016-17.

Sample Video by Marc Wagnon:

For Booking please contact: jakehertzog@gmail.com

See the full Electronic Press Kit for Jake Hertzog Here



Jake Hertzog is a critically acclaimed guitarist, composer and educator whose career to-date has spanned nine albums as bandleader across jazz, rock and classical new music styles. He has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and India and performed and recorded with a diverse cadre of artists including Randy Brecker, Ivan Neville, Mike Clarke, Blondie Chaplin, Anton Fig, Corey Glover, Barry Altschul, Dave Leibman, Ingrid Jensen and many others.

Hertzog's many projects have included the Jake Hertzog Trio with Harvie S and Victor Jones — a jazz/rock group that has released five albums to wide acclaim and radio success and headlined venues such as The Blue Note in New York and Salo Jazz Festival in Finland.

Most recently, Hertzog released "Well Lit Shadow" (2016), a classical suite for solo electric guitar celebrating themes and images in particle physics. Another of his classical projects, "Stringscapes" for two guitars, was partially premiered in New York in 2016 and is set for recording later this year co-featuring guitarist Yishai Fischer.

Jake is co-leader and co-songwriter of the rock band The Young Presidents with bassist Mitch Kaneff. Their latest album, Firehorse (2016) has just debuted to wide radio success. In 2014 The Young Presidents collaborated with brilliant Grammy winning producer Rob Fraboni on a guest vocalist album called Coalition. The record featured such legendary talent as Ivan Neville, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Blondie Chaplin (The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys), and Anton Fig (Drummer for the Letterman Show) and members of the New Your Philharmonic and Metropolitan Orchestras. The Young Presidents also produced a short documentary on the making of the project entitled "Building The Coalition" that premiered at New York's VisionFest Film Festival in June 2013. 

For three years, Jake stood as musical director and lead guitarist for Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band stars, Nat and Alex Wolff. They concluded two national tours and have performed on national television shows including Good Morning AmericaThe ViewNickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards and The Today Show.

An active music educator, in 2016 Jake joined the music faculty at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Recent master classes and clinics include Jazz at Lincoln Center, CUNY, Jazztravaganza at the Clarion Performing Arts Center in Lake Jackson, Texas, Turku Conservatory in Finland, EMU Conservatory in Argentina, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA., Women In Jazz in Halle, Germany and a faculty position at the Swarnhaboomi Academy of Music in Chennai, India. Under the alias Hey Jazz Guy, Jake contributed over 30 articles to Guitar Player magazine’s ‘Lessons’ section. Guitar Player has coined him the “Jazz ambassador to the non-jazz world”. Readers can visit the Official Hey Jazz Guy website for articles and tutorial videos.

Hertzog is a grand prize winner of the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, holds a performance degree from Berklee College of Music and a master's degree from The Manhattan School of Music in New York.