June 10, 2005

Jazz Mandolin Project: The Deep Forbidden Lake

A new album by The Jazz Mandolin Project: The Deep Forbidden Lake.

The album's namesake number, along with "Winterlong," are two of the featured Neil Young compositions that provide the album it's "outdoorsy" feel, reinvented in ways far from familiar on Young's Decade compilation. But the album's highlight is a stirring rendition of Tom Waits' "Ol' 55" where Masefield's picking provides as much tenderness as any of his own compositions. Thankfully, the improvisation plays second fiddle to the melodies and arrangements on Deep Forbidden Lake, which allows this incarnation of the Jazz Mandolin to shine in a new, yet familiar setting.

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