This was followed by the concept album Gladwell in 2011. He fronted a quintet that featured bassist Jorge Roeder, tenor saxophonist Dan Blake
, cellist Aristides Rivas, and drummer/percussionist Tupac Mantilla.
The duo format apparently agreed with Lage, though its focus shifted a bit. In 2014, he issued two such albums.The first was Avalon with guitarist Chris Eldridge. Produced by the Milk Carton Kids
' Kenneth Pattengale, it contained bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classic pop standards; the pair called it a "love letter to the acoustic guitar." Lage's second 2014 album, Room, with fellow jazz guitarist Nels Cline
, appeared on Mack Avenue
. Its focus was on a range of material, from intricately composed and complex works to free and spontaneous improvisations.
In 2016, Lage released the trio album Arclight with bassist Scott Colley
and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Produced by Grammy-winning guitarist/songwriter Jesse Harris
, Madeleine Peyroux
), the album featured the single "Nocturne." A five song EP, Live in Los Angeles, followed later that year documenting concert versions of songs from Arclight. In early 2017, Lage reunited with Chris Eldridge for a second volume of acoustic guitar duets called Mount Royal. ~ Greg Prato & Thom Jurek, Rovi