The Jazz Mandolin Project, The Deep Forbidden Lake

Peter Blackstock

By Peter Blackstock

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Covering songs by Neil Young, Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Ornette Coleman and Radiohead on the same disc might seem like stylistic suicide, or at the very least a gimmicky reach — and yet, mandolinist Jamie Masefield's trio (supplemented by bass and piano) not only pulls it off, they make this diverse collection of songs feel of a singular piece. Maybe the best cut is a beautiful reading of Leonard Cohen's landmark "Hallelujah."