"JFJO burns with a quiet intensity rather than dramatically explodes. The musicians play with a coiled looseness, improvising with quicksilver yet deliberate force. You can hear the band's power and inventiveness creatively eroding structure, and the tension produced from that is exhilarating." - Jazz Times
"Reed Mathis delivers soaring, violin-like arco passages, Brian Haas' sparkling, fluid piano runs cluster up and turn heavy and dark just when they need to, and Jason Smart's drumming is clean and impeccable." - Chicago Reader
"The trio's new Walking With Giants does the everywhere calypso, but manages to be both tense and tight." -- Village Voice
"...just the sort of jazz album that Charles Mingus could look down from heaven and smile upon!" - Orlando Weekly
New York, NY -- For over a decade the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey have been crisscrossing America, slowly but surely blossoming into one of the most visionary and fearless bands in improvisational music. And to that end, they've developed the hard earned loyalty of a nation of fans whose devotion is steadfast.
In August 2004, JFJO signed a national record deal with HYENA Records, a label whose roster includes American music luminaries like James Blood Ulmer, Dr. John and Thelonious Monk, among others. They immediately released their HYENA debut album, Walking With Giants (a prophetic title if there ever was one), which has been greeted with critical praise. And for good reason. Walking With Giants is quite simply breathtaking. Communicating in their own utterly distinct musical language, the trio applies a collective consciousness to their compositions that is a result of an unwavering commitment to a highly visceral style of improvisation.
Brian Haas' recent incorporation of acoustic piano has pointed JFJO's sound to entirely new frontiers. Reed Mathis' violin-esque bass renderings are imbued with a revolutionary spirit, soaring boldly along the horizon. Drummer Jason Smart is insistent but subtle, always enveloped in guiding rhythms that steer the music's ebb and flow. Songs such as "Skeeball Over The Ocean," "Sean's Song," and "Hover" push the jazz tradition through its storied past and speak startlingly clear to the music's relevance for a new generation of listeners.
With a groundbreaking album, a new record label and growing energy, it's quite fitting that the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey return to the road to further the journey and spread the music among the people.
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Winter 2004 Tour Dates
November 18 | Blue Wisp | Cincinnati, OH
November 19 | The Grog Shop | Cleveland, OH
November 20 | Jazz Record Mart | Chicago, IL ***Free Instore Performance
November 20 | Hot House | Chicago, IL
November 26 | Cain's Ballroom | Tulsa, OK
November 29 | Meachum Hall | Norman, OK
December 01 | Winston's | San Diego, CA
December 02 | The Good Hurt | Los Angeles, CA
December 03 | Kuumbwa | Santa Cruz, CA
December 04 | 12 Galaxies | San Francisco, CA
December 07 | The Owl Club | Roseville, CA
December 08 | Six Rivers Brewery | McKinleyville, CA
December 10 | Sengthrong's Blue Sky Room | Dunsmuir, CA
December 11 | Goodfoot | Portland, OR
December 12 | Triple Door | Seattle, WA
JamBase | Tulsa
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