Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: All Is One - Live in New York City (2002)
The band opens with a peppery opus, somewhat amusingly titled “Thelonious Monk Is My Grandmother.” Whereas Hass, Reed Mathis (bass) and Jason Smart (drums) set upon a whirlwind sojourn that might hearken memories of early to mid 70’s jazz-rock, such as England’s fabled “Soft Machine” outfit. The ensemble is nimble, cunning and infinitely more imaginative than what was presented on its 1999 horns-based live release, Welcome Home. You may find it difficult to sit still, as the musicians’ snugly coordinated forays, coupled with a loose and cheery vibe provides the bulk of the excitement. Hence, Brian Haas simply terrorizes his keyboards, with ominous intentions we might add! Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.Thelonious Monk Is My Grandfather 2.Grub Ridge Stomp 3.The Slip 4.These Is No Method 5.Lovejoy 6.Overtone Star 7.Vernal Equinox 8.Hunter Gatherer 9.Three Splattered Eggs
Personnel: Brian Haas: Rhodes, melodica, acoustic piano
Record Label: Knitting Factory
Style: Modern Jazz