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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Chris Combs: Combsy

Read "Combsy" reviewed by Doug Collette

It does no disservice to Combsy or the man who made it to state how favorably it compares to the most recent work of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey in terms of both style and quality. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Chris Combs was integral to the concepts and production of The Race Riot Suite (Kinnara, 2011) and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad

Read "Badbadnotgood Is Truly Goodgoodnotbad" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Among the pleasantest surprises of 2016, a year replete with many notably unpleasant surprises, was the appearance of IV by the poly-stylistic jazz / instrumental hiphop quartet BadBadNotGood. IV came hot on the heels of Sour Soul, their remarkable 2015 collaboration with Ghostface Killah. If you still bristle when you see the words “jazz" and “hiphop" ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Doug Collette's Best of 2015

Read "Doug Collette's Best of 2015" reviewed by Doug Collette

It didn't take much thought to compose this list, perhaps because the inclusions run the gamut from finely-produced studio sessions to equally inspired live recordings (and much in between). And more so than in recent years, the playability of all these albums will surely equal their durability as time marches on, which is not necessarily a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The Battle for Earth

Read "The Battle for Earth" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has been an adventuresome group since first initiated as an eight piece ensemble in its home of Oklahoma in 1994 But the group has quite possibly never lived up so fully to its moniker since realigning itself as a trio (again) in 2013. Keyboardist and charter member Brian Haas, guitarist/lap steel/synth ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Worker

Read "Worker" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Of all the bands playing jazz-rock, or fusion, or whatever-you-want-to-call it, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (or JFJO as they're known by their fans) is the one that comes closest to embodying Joe Zawinul's dictum regarding Weather Report's modus operandi: ..."nobody solos, everybody solos." The similarities stop there, however, though JFJO's careening omnivorous creativity, like Weather ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Millions: Live in Denver

Read "Millions: Live in Denver" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Long associated, for better or worse, with the so-called jam band phenomenon of the mid-to-late 1990s, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey continues to generate intelligent, daring, genre-defying music. JFJO's first live recording in a decade or so, Millions: Live In Denver, is part celebration of their 20th year of existence and part revelry in their new ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey To Release Limited Edition Live Lp "Millions: Live In Denver" On Record Store Day

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey To Release Limited Edition Live Lp "Millions: Live In Denver" On Record Store Day

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey celebrate their 20th Anniversary in 2014 with the Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition LP, Millions: Live In Denver. Recorded over two sold out nights at the esteemed Denver, CO jazz venue Dazzle this past November, JFJO presented classic material from throughout their history that hadn't been performed live in years, including "Muskogee Smalls," “Tae Parade" and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Haas / Matt Chamberlain: Frames

Read "Frames" reviewed by Chris May

It is not often an album confounds expectations to the degree that Frames does. And confounds them not just once but twice.

The first expectation arises from the players' histories. Brian Haas is best known for his work with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the spectacularly trans-genre band which the pianist co-founded twenty years ago. ...

ARTICLE: MEET THE STAFF

Meet David Wayne

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I currently live in: Santa Fe, NM

I joined All About Jazz in: 2004

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I am a music fanatic. I play the drums. I was involved in college radio for years and I'd love to do a show again. Maybe when I retire!

Ro Sham Beaux: Ro Sham Beaux

Read "Ro Sham Beaux" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Most jazz tunes are arranged in a certain way: head, solos, head. It's a valid and useful way to present improvised musical ideas based on a theme or chord progression. The head can be a simple melody or a convoluted riot of contrasting harmonies and tempi. Rock or pop songs are constructed differently: verse, chorus, verse, ...