Jayme Stone's Lomax Project
An essential album.
A truly inventive spin on some very old tunes.
A transatlantic session with blood, guts and grit.
An album of beautiful, intriguing, thoughtful music coming from a collaboration of outstanding musicians who apply their talents together. It's an album with a beginning, a middle, and an end... asking us, as listeners, to immerse ourselves in the idea of it all. It rewards that attention as much as it captures it, leading us to the music, rather than pushing us to it.
What results is a marvelous expression of Stone's collaboratory distillation of the folk process.
One of the most compelling and rich roots music recordings of recent years.
It places new wonders alongside old favorites, for a listening experience that's fresh and fun no matter how familiar you are with Lomax's collection.
This project is not about the collector — it's about the songs and the way Stone and his musical team take them to new, often harmonious, heights.
A testament to the endless inspiration the songs Lomax recorded are still able to conjure.
In every track you'll hear the utter joy that came from making this record, and that joy is infectious.
A musical evangelist, Stone loves using fresh approaches to get people hooked on wider musical traditions.
The warmth and spontaneity wins you over.
The Other Side of the Air
Delicate, imaginative and unusual music.
This music sounds like nothing else on earth.
Fantastic new album... carrying the banjo far from the bluegrass context.
A creative breakthrough for Stone, who's second only to B
This is serious, premeditated no-nonsense banjo playing.
An incredibly natural listen.
Room of Wonders
The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo.
This is what the future of the banjo sounds like.
I take back what I said about Jayme Stone.
Stone's banjo playing is a source of limitless creative expression.
Sounds like a whole new instrument.
One of the most adventurous banjo players out there.
The music is as spirited as its creator.
This is banjo like you've never heard it before.
All this confirms Stone's place as one of the most adventurous banjo players out there.
The Room of Wonders of the title perhaps refers to the inside of his head - Stone's rich, unfettered imagination - as he pursues music inspired by folk dances from around the world.
Africa to Appalachia
That rare example of a musical exploration going perfectly, a cultural summit that sounds vibrant and seamless for all the right reasons.
Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone is back with Africa To Appalachia, a West African-inspired mix of original and traditional gems that highlights his ear for winning melodies and curiosity about under-studied sounds.
There's something utterly enchanting about this collaboration.
Stone combines a jazz musician's sense of timing and sureness of touch with a pop musician's brevity and directness.
Top ten album of 2008. Their album marries music from Mansa's community with Jayme's old-time influences...It's a triumph.
A brilliant synthesis of music from two different cultures.
As in the best collaborations, you can feel the respect, understanding and interaction between the musicians
A winning, swinging fusion that mixes African grooves and hoedown rusticity.
A deftly arranged collaboration of seemingly effortless ease.
A discreet and beautifully polished recording of music that floats effortlessly through a landscape simultaneously West African and North American.
A wondrous rebirth of native musical traditions, flowing out of a questing artist's search for the culture, tradition, expressions, and connections that can't be found through a high-tech internet search engine. Highly recommended.
Their new collaborative album brings shared history to light in deft arrangements of Stones banjo and Sissokos
One of the most amazing, unexpected musical collaborations of the year.
Entrancing and educational, a polyrhythmic tale of two continents.
The global music scene has had a fair share of collaborations lately. Africa to Appalachia is one that stands out through exemplary musicianship and an unassuming attitude.
A joyous West-African inspired, genre-bending album.
Enthralling... surprising simple, clear and relaxed.
Stone is the consummate team player... always right in the middle with his polished, inventive banjo playing.
Bridging jazz, bluegrass and everything in between with smart compositions, playful jams, and a great sense of purpose. It's music that's difficult to describe, but easy to love.
What roots/jazz banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone doesn't know about his instrument probably isn't worth knowing.
Inquisitive urban banjo ace launches The Utmost, a graceful collection of jazz-affected bluegrass.
An intent focus on all aspects of music one of the most open-minded banjoists around.
Jayme has jam band fans doing cartwheels in the street and hardcore jazz fans re-examining their priorities.
Imagine a more chilled out Béla Fleck and the Americana side of Bill Frisell and you’re on track.
Jayme Stone is a banjoist who has learned well the lessons of Trischka and Fleck, and has come up with a distinctive approach to newgrass.
Relive the glory days of precision pickin' on this extraordinary new album. Art deco jazz.
Stone is drawing on more than jazz, more than bluegrass and even more than music.
Jazz with the verve of a happy pop tune.
A banjo big-wig.