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The Blueprint Project

Saxophonist Jared Sims, guitarist Eric Hofbauer and pianist Tyson Rogers, now in their early 30's, first met at Boston's New England Conservatory in 1997 and have since each worked with some of the most respected names in creative improvised music.

Together as The Blueprint Project, they augment their original compositions and highly developed interaction with older, more established rhythm section players (thus far the list includes Han Bennink, Cecil McBee and Matt Wilson) to create a consciously eclectic and intergenerational ensemble that is constantly reinventing itself.

Critics have noted the group's “witty, contemporary sounding improvisation” (James Hale, DownBeat) and “intelligent, incisively crafted compositions” (Andy Hamilton, Jazz Review ), and called its music “serious fun” (Julian Cowley, The Wire), “full of striking rhythms and harmonic ideas” (Ted Kane, and “nothing short of that is a working definition of just how uplifting human creativity can be” (Nic Jones,

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Publisher's Pick (Aug 13, 2007)
--Michael Ricci,

...People I Like is serious fun...Bennink’s approval is audible in his exuberant playing. He’s in buoyant form throughout, in his element with a group who are accomplished, imaginative and comitted to enjoyment. Recommended without reservation as an antidote to grey and rainy days.
--Julian Cowley, The Wire

The music they make together is nothing short of glorious. The program of group originals is understandably well tailored to the trio's distinctive group conception, something they’ve had the chance to hone over a period of time, and Bennink brings his characteristic work to bear in a way that’s nothing short of a celebration of that is a working definition of just how uplifting human creativity can be

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