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."
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By Britt Robson on 02.11.15 in Reviews
The Vijay Iyer Trio set a remarkably high bar with their two prior studio releases, Historicity in 2009 and Accelerando in 2012, each one consensually rated among the top two or three releases of the year in jazz polls a...
By Ron Hart on 02.02.15 in Features
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The 1977 album may not have racked up sales, but fans of the record are fans for life.