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Tour De Flux
Jazz Mandolin Project
Tour De Flux
Genres: Country, Folk, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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Mandolinist Jamie Masefield, acoustic bassist Chris Dahlgren, and drummer Jon Fishman's moniker for their collective, the Jazz Mandolin Project, may be a bit misleading. Most of the material on Tour De Flux falls somewhere...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jazz Mandolin Project
Title: Tour De Flux
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Accurate Records
Original Release Date: 1/26/1999
Release Date: 1/26/1999
Album Type: Live
Genres: Country, Folk, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Bluegrass, Jam Bands, Bluegrass Jam Bands, Jazz Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 743431503121

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Mandolinist Jamie Masefield, acoustic bassist Chris Dahlgren, and drummer Jon Fishman's moniker for their collective, the Jazz Mandolin Project, may be a bit misleading. Most of the material on Tour De Flux falls somewhere in the cracks between jazz, funk, and the more expansive and improvisation-heavy brand of rock favored by Fishman's other band, Phish. But that might be precisely why it's so enjoyable. Recorded right after the trio's 1998 tour (which built on their 1996 debut), the eight tracks on the album have enormous variety, segueing seamlessly from the countrified funk of "Chapeau" to the Zappa-esque wackiness of "Barber's Hint" to the folk ballad "Boodha." All showcase the kind of telepathic group interplay that only occurs between musicians who know each other's habits and styles intimately. Dahlgren and Fishman are a solid supporting cast, but Masefield is the real virtuoso: his playing throughout the album, from his high-velocity crescendos on "Clip" to his guitarlike heroics on "Nimbus," is consistently astounding. Whether it's enough to guarantee the entrance of the mandolin into the pantheon of widely accepted jazz instruments remains to be seen, but it's certainly a good start. --Ezra Gale

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CD Reviews

Beautiful
02/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw these guys about two weeks ago (Fishman, Dahlgren, and Masefield, not band on the first album) in concert. They were absloutely amazing. Jamie Masefield really takes the mandolin into interesting directions. But anyways, I went out and bought Tour De Flux and i was not dissappointed. Its full of beautifully executed compositions, yet its very listener-friendly. But be prepared to hear a new kind of music; one that you've never heard before. It goes from mellow jazz, to fusion-style stuff, to more rock-like tunes. Definitely worth buying."
Has a high chill-factor
MGordon97@aol.com | NJ | 04/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"By chill-factor, I mean the ability for music to send chills down your spine, and this album does it several times. Jamie Mansfield plays the mandolin alomst like a guitar. Fishman keeps steady, but insane beats that really keeps the music flowing. When I listen to this album I picture myself riding through Vermont's Green Mountains. Its an excellent driving album"
Mellow and electrifying
mgreene@sas.upenn.edu | Philadelphia, PA | 09/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a great way to spend a night, or an afternoon, or a long drive, or whatever... There is a lot of open space in this album where you can really get into the music; but it still retains the full-fire jam characteristic that was so essential to their first recording."