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Jamie Stillway: Mell of a Hess

On the fine Oregonian guitarist Jamie Stillway’s Mell of a Hess, the title’s word-playful linguistic deviation seems to reflect a larger musical identity. Mixing up genres without pretension, the nimble Stillway moves freely and with wit and creative restlessness, between the worlds of, say, Leo Kottke and Django Reinhardt, and connects with the brand of new folk-jazz hybrids like Tin Hat Trio and Jenny Scheinman’s projects.

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