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Jamie Masefield: Re-Invention

By Published: June 12, 2006

AAJ: It no doubt is. You mentioned a couple things that came to mind as I was looking forward to the interview today—one of which was your mention of preparing a DVD of the Tolstoy presentation—and also too, as I notice the festivals announcing their lineups this summer, whether Jazz Mandolin Project or you solo or maybe with Doug Perkins would do any of those dates. You sound like you're pretty much focused on the Tolstoy thing as this point though.

Jamie Masefield JM: Well I'm focused on it but the truth of the matter is that that hasn't asked we many places to perform. I'm trying to make the best use of my time by creating something new.

AAJ: As we talk about that, and also refer to the more open-ended approach, I'm thinking of the last studio album you did, The Deep Forbidden Lake, was quite a bit different than the other CDs you did in that it was more structured and more formally arranged. It sort of set the stage for the Tolstoy project; do you see it that way in retrospect or am I just way off base?

JM: I think that that's a coincidence a little bit. I mean really what these things are, are me looking at my checklist of things to do. Deep Forbidden Lake was at the top of the list of my things to do, which was put out an album of songs that I just think are fantastic, that aren't mine. To step away from my compositions and pour my energy into someone else's compositions. And I also wanted to play something that was really quiet that didn't have drums. I wanted to play with Gil Goldstein in a more intense situation; he played on several tracks on Jungle Tango, but I felt like I didn't really. He was under utilized in that project and I felt like there was so much I could learn from him that I wanted to do something much more really engaging with him. So Deep Forbidden addressed all so those interests and then this Tolstoy project engages a whole bunch of other interests that I think we've touched upon in this conversation.

AAJ: it sounds like you're very excited and very focused on what you're doing right now.

JM: I hope maybe within a year or so you might get a chance to see the Tolstoy show again and see what kind of development and progress that's had since the premiere.


The Jazz Mandolin Project, The Deep Forbidden Lake (Lenapee/KDE, 2005)
The Jazz Mandolin Project, Jungle Tango (Lenapee, 2003)
The Jazz Mandolin Project, After Dinner Jams (Independent, 2001)
The Jazz Mandolin Project, Xenoblast (Blue Note, 2000)
The Jazz Mandolin Project, Tour de Flux (Accurate Records, 1999)
The Jazz Mandolin Project, The Jazz Mandolin Project (Accurate Records, 1996)

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Photo Credit: Michelle Sammartino.

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