THE ODYSSEY CONTINUES
Lovers of instrumental gold with a jazz soul know that Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is a great fount of such richness. The relatively new incarnation of the quartet with double bassist Jeff Harshbarger joining Brian Haas (keys), Josh Raymer (drums) and Chris Combs (lap steel) earlier this year. The foursome has been busy building their road legs and diving into a new batch of exciting studio recordings since debuting Ludwig! this past June (JamBase review).
JFJO's recent West Coast Tour found them recording a new album direct to lathe for a vinyl release coming next April featuring two new songs and two improvs. Next January recording will occur in the band's native Tulsa, OK on Chris Comb's Race Riot Suite at the legendary Church Studios with special guests Jeff Coffin, Steven Bernstein, Peter Apfelbaum and Mark Southerland. That release is due out next fall.
Jacob Fred will perform a very special New Year's Eve show at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, where they will deconstruct and Fred-i-fy the music of Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Madonna. One hopes tape will be running so those of us not fortunate enough to be in Oklahoma at the dawn of 2011 will get to experience this splendid freak show after the fact. Tickets for the NYE show are available here.
In the meantime, the band offers us a trio of fine live offerings, starting with a new B.Haas song entitled "Myers Flat to Miranda," which is a stretch of the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California.
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