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Matt Flinner

Music du Jour – 2009 (Compass)

Reviewed by John Walker

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The challenge to create a new piece of music each day while on tour, plus perform it together that evening, was a novel idea. Acclaimed mandolin player Matt Flinner, joined by Ross Martin on acoustic guitar and Eric Thorin on acoustic bass were not only up to the task, but decided to select 12 of the best and record them.

Flinner is widely considered the hottest mandolin player on the acoustic scene today, recently touring as a member of Darrell Scott's band. He also appears on comedian Steve Martin's new record "The Crow."

The acoustic instrumental pieces selected are energetic and inspiring. Each song showcases their keen ability to not only play the instruments exceptionally well, but also creates new standards in writing for other trios attempting to follow. With a blend of bluegrass and jazz, the musical pieces provide a background of music that is truly mesmerizing.