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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Pianist Brian Haas, drummer Josh Raymer, and bassist/effects wizard/guitarist Reed Mathis occupy a rather unique place in the music world. To say that JFJO's music transcends boundaries is an understatement. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's bold, amorphous and visceral music is influenced just as much by post-rock and ambient electronica as traditional jazz standards, chamber music and free improvisation. JFJO's music generates an all-encompasing sensory experience for the listener. Since 1994 JFJO's virtuosic instrumental interplay, uncanny ability to communicate musically and near-telepathic improvisation has won over fans and critics alike all over North America, Europe and South America

ARTICLE: RADIO

Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More

Read "Camila Nebbia, Jeff Cosgrove, Vijay Anderson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode has a definite focus on the progressive improvisation scene in Buenos Aires, with much of the music centering on the talented tenor player, Camila Nebbia. You'll hear music from several groups where Nebbia is a featured voice. Also debuting this week, drummer Jeff Cosgrove--still in trio mode--but this time without William Parker playing bass; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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" ...

The Battle for Earth

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2015
Track listing: Better Living Through Competitive Spirituality; Hey Hey NSA; Tetherball Triumph; Let Yourself Out; Betamax; The Finder’s Keeper; Appropriation Song; Say Nothing; New Bird; Bounce; Skeeball Over The Ocean/Sean’s Song.

Worker

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2015
Track listing: New Bird; Appropriation Song; Betamax; Hey Hey N.S.A.; Say Nothing; Council Oak; Bounce; Let Yourself Out; Mesa; Better Living Through Competitive Spirituality; The Finder's Keeper.

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 REVIEW

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 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 ...

Millions: Live In Denver

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2014
Track listing: Muskogee Smalls; Skeeball Over The Ocean; Slow Breath, Silent Mind; I Love Steve Haas; Grub Ridge Stomp; Tae Parade; Sean's Song.


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