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I am very excited to announce the release of my first CD, When Trees Speak, ​ my first recording as a leader.  The CD features seven original compositions, one group improvisation that also features a poem written by my good friend Michelle Elise, and a beautiful tune written by my wife, Mary Lou Osterhous. The musicians featured on the recording are: JC Kuhl: soprano & tenor saxophone; Justin Kauflin: acoustic & electric piano, & organ; Brian Jones: drums; Eddie Williams: tenor saxophone; Joe Locke: vibraphone; John Toomey: acoustic piano; Trey Pollard: electric guitar; Bill Gurley: mandocello; and Mary Lou Osterhous: acoustic guitar & vocals.

I hope you check it out.


The amazing cover photo and inside liner tree photo were shot by Glen McClure while on a photography trip to Ireland.

When Trees Speak: reviews and other information.

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When Trees Speak is also available for

download via, iTunes, and Bandcamp

It is available for listening through Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, Bandcamp and Apple Music


When Trees Speak is also available through the International Society of Bassists website:

Nothing For Certain - Jimmy Masters
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The Water Is Wide - Jimmy Masters
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When Trees Speak Review Information:


  • All About review by Ed Blanco


  • Paul Pearce's review, excerpted, that appeared in the International Society of Bassists publication:

"A debut release from the well- established Virginia bassist, Jimmy Masters, includes seven of his original compositions and some interesting arrangements. His musicial colleagues bring a high caliber of talent to this worthy project.
When Trees Speak is Masters’ compliment to the transformation by craftsmen from forest giants to incredible musical instruments...This is Masters’ first recording, but hopefully not his last. This project gets 5 stars for the musicianship, arrangements and compositions (by Masters) and song selection. Congratulations."


  • Jazz writer Ken Franckling wrote about it on his jazz blog:

"Yes indeed, Jimmy Masters says, trees do speak – after they’re transformed into finely crafted musical instruments. They include the 150-year-old acoustic bass he’s been playing for nearly 30 years. This CD marks Virginia-based Masters’ recording debut as leader. His team of collaborators on this varied outing include vibes player Joe Locke, saxophonists J.C. Kuhl and Eddie Williams, guitarist Trey Pollard and Masters’ wife, Mary Lou Osterhous, who brings voice and acoustic guitar to her original “The Storm.” Favorite tracks: Masters’ originals “Nothing for Certain” and “Shaggy’s Delight.” The latter features Justin Kauflin on organ."


  • Jazz writer Norman Vickers' review on

​    Here's a nice interview written by George Harris for Jazz Weekly


  • Sam McDonald, music writer for the Daily Press wrote this review:,0,5920038.story


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