Home » Jazz Articles » Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Welcome Home

159
Album Review

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Welcome Home

By

Sign in to view read count
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Welcome Home
Who is Jacob Fred? Presumably a name drawn from a telephone book. Clever concept, though — and if that were enough to carry the day, an enthusiastic thumbs up would be in order for the Jazz Odyssey’s Accurate recording, Welcome Home. Alas, there is also the music to consider. Jacob Fred, a seven–member unit from Tulsa, Oklahoma, blends, it says, its “own brand of electric Jazz–funk–afro–hip hop.” That’s an undeniably Accurate description, as it was taken directly from a press release accompanying the disc. First, let us note that what these gentlemen do, they do quite well. In other words, they are accomplished musicians. Second, that the music they produce has an appeal to us that, on a scale of one to ten, barely nudges the meter. To its credit, Fred never turns its (his?) back on the basic musical components — melody, harmony, rhythm. On the other hand, the “blend” it produces is long on audience appeal and special effects, short on meaningful Jazz improvisation. But as this is the direction in which Jazz seems to be moving, Fred may well be on the cutting edge. While better than some ultra–modern alternatives we’ve heard, it’s still a long way from Bird or Trane (but closest perhaps to late–era Miles). There are times when the spirited group interplay reminds the listener of Jazz’s primal roots, sort of a “neo–Dixieland” groove, and one can envision worse choices than that. The Jazz Odyssey is almost certain to find a large and earnest following among today’s open–minded Jazz devotees, and we wish them well. Returning to the question of who is Jacob Fred, he may be a live flesh–and–blood person after all, as he is credited with having written the title selection (or is that another in–joke indicating a group endeavor?). Well, Jacob Fred or Fred Jacob, it matters little unless one warms to the trendy–hip music. We didn’t; others may.

Track listing: Seven Inch Six; Muskogee Smalls; MMW; Mountain Scream; Stomp; Welcome Home; Seventh Greenbelt; Road to Emmaus (53:20).

Personnel

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: band/orchestra.

Album information

Title: Welcome Home | Year Released: 1999


FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter Since 1995, shortly after the dawn of the internet, All About Jazz has been a champion of jazz, supporting it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to rigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Post a comment about this album

Tags

More

Jazz Is Dead 14
Henry Franklin
With Grace In Mind
Dreamstruck
One Of The Others
Taurey Butler
Times Like These
Nica Carrington

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.