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The Jazz Mandolin Project at Club Metronome

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The Jazz Mandolin Project Club Metronome Burlington, Vermont February 20, 2009 On the second of just two stops within their northeast home base, The Jazz Mandolin Project, led by Jamie Masefield, played like a finely-tuned unit of musicians who had spent weeks on the road. Noticeable right from ...

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The Jazz Mandolin Project: Mixed Media, Mixed Messages

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The Jazz Mandolin Project FlynnSpace Burlington, Vermont April 8, 2006 Because Jamie Masefield's independence is matched only by his artistic integrity, it was perhaps inevitable that, after a decade of working on his Jazz Mandolin Project, he would venture into the realm of multimedia. The first of two nights at ...

The Jazz Mandolin Project: The Deep Forbidden Lake

Read "The Deep Forbidden Lake" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Deep Forbidden Lake is not by any means a return to roots for the Jazz Mandolin Project, since Jamie Masefield's very first albums under the JMP moniker were with three-man lineups including drums. This new effort is rather a distillation of his ideas, a sort of folk-chamber music in which he, bassist Greg Cohen, and ...

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The Jazz Mandolin Project at Higher Ground

Read "The Jazz Mandolin Project at Higher Ground" reviewed by Doug Collette

There may be no more distinctive jazz-fusion band than Jazz Mandolin Project. Jamie Masefield’s use of the mandolin guarantees surprises, but even seeing him and his band in the past would not prepare you for the extended sets they delivered in the Winooski Vermont club this February night. It’s probably appropriate that the band really took ...

The Jazz Mandolin Project: Jungle Tango

Read "Jungle Tango" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

The Jazz Mandolin Project may be touted as a cutting-edge band exploring new instrumentation and sonorities, but after listening to their new album Jungle Tango several times over the last three weeks, I don't hear it. What I do hear is an ensemble with inspired interplay, all fine players, and yes, there is a mandolinist--band founder ...

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The Jazz Mandolin Project: Xenoblast

Read "Xenoblast" reviewed by David Adler

The Jazz Mandolin Project may now have this major label debut under its belt, but in various incarnations, the unconventional trio has been touring and recording since 1993. With the current jam band craze, and the legitimacy the genre is gaining in the jazz world, it is finally the right moment for leader/mandolinist Jamie Masefield’s quirky ...

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the Jazz Mandolin Project: Xenoblast

Read "Xenoblast" reviewed by Rob Evanoff

The Jazz Mandolin Project? Mandolin and Jazz? Jazz played by a Mandolin? Throw your preconceptions out the window and open up your ears to experience a Xenoblast through time. The Jazz Mandolin Project, who are at home at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival or a Jamband Festival such as the Berkshire Mountain Music Fest, return with ...

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The Jazz Mandolin Project: Xenoblast

Read "Xenoblast" reviewed by Jim Santella

Jamie Masefield’s string jazz trio swings through a package of interesting themes that range from folk history to ride-cymbal-mainstream-jazz and on to blazing hot, electronic, backbeat jazz-rock. His compositions feature lovely melodies that adhere to specific impressions. These mental pictures become focal points for group improvisation and repetitious jam sessions. Masefield’s vivid imagery leaves no doubt ...

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The Jazz Mandolin Project: Tour de Flux

Read "Tour de Flux" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Mandolin, yes, but you won't find any foggy mountain bluegrass here. When these folks took the name the Jazz Mandolin Project, they could have been inspired by the Truth in Advertising Commission. Actually, without knowing that Jamie Masefield is wielding a mandolin (as well as a “tenor banjo"), a casual listener might figure that this is ...

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The Jazz Mandolin Project: Tour de Flux

Read "Tour de Flux" reviewed by Douglas Payne

This Burlington, Vermont trio sounds more like an accomplished guitar trio than the gimmick their name might suggest. Maybe that's what makes Tour de Flux, the group's second disc in their four-year history, an absolute knock-out.Mandolin and banjo pyro-technician Jamie Masefield more or less leads the band. He's a methodic, even erudite player that ...


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