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Brian Haas

I have played with: JFJO, Bill Frisell, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Marco Benevento, Les Claypool, Mike Dillon, Skerik, Johnny Vidacovich, Karl Denson, Joe Russo, George Garzon, Brad Barr, Marc Friedman, Andrew Barr, Annie Ellicott, Mark Southerland, Jason Fraticelli, etc. I have toured with: JFJO, Mike Clark’s Prescription Renewal, Les Claypool, Brian Haas & Friends, The Dead Kenny G’s.

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Nolatet: No Revenge Necessary

Read "No Revenge Necessary" reviewed by Doug Collette

The music of Nolatet's sophomore album No Revenge Necessary belies its laissez faire title. Almost a mirror image of its largely insinuating predecessor, Dogs (Royal Potato Family, 2016), this sophomore effort finds the Crescent city-based ensemble flexing its collective muscles early and often, so the record lends itself to uninhibited dance almost as often as contemplation ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Myriad3: Moons

Read "Moons" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Myriad3's third release, Moons follows very much in the vein of their first two, Tell (Alma Records, 2012) and The Where (Alma Records, 2014), yet there are subtle differences both in instrumentation and their approach to their material. In short, a lot of growth is evident when one compares Moons to its predecessors. Tell, recorded a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nolatet: Dogs

Read "Dogs" reviewed by Doug Collette

The wit in the name of Nolatet finds a direct reflection in the music they make. Yet together as a four piece unit, keyboardist Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey), vibraphonist Mike Dillon (Critters Buggin,' Garage A Trois), bassist James Singleton (John Scofield, John Medeski) and drummer Johnny Vidacovich (Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter), create a seamless ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 REVIEW

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 ...

Frames

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2013
Track listing: Birth; Open Windows; Death: An Introduction; Prism; Of Many, One; Niche; Drive; Death: An Observation; Closing Window; An Empty House; From Nothing, Infinite.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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. ...

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Chris Combs: Jacob Fred's Tulsa Tale

Read "Chris Combs: Jacob Fred's Tulsa Tale" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

On a Memorial Day in 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, an encounter between a young black shoe shiner named Dick Rowland and a white elevator operator named Sarah Page--an incident that was reported with hazy details and shocking incompleteness--started one of the most brutal and tragic race riots in American history. Even more tragic, however, was how little ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Race Riot Suite

Read "Race Riot Suite" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's Race Riot Suite is a reminder how adventurous the group has always been since its inception in 1994--never more so, perhaps, than in its latest incarnation, in place beginning in 2010. Four intervals, labeled “Prayers," are interspersed throughout the seven formally labeled tracks and allow JFJO to demonstrate its own ...


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