Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey to Release New EP 'One Day In Brooklyn' on Sept. 1
(Published: June 29, 2009)
Evolution defines the spirit of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. In fact, evolution is what allows this Tulsa, Oklahoma institution to thrive. Greater than the sum of its parts, JFJO is hitting new creative peaks in an already historic 15-year career. Founding pianist Brian Haas and drummer Josh Raymer made the decision at the outset of 2009 to expand what was one of the fiercest modern jazz trios in recent memory to a quartet by adding lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and upright bassist Matt Hayes. The new line-up quickly re-emerged with a bristling energy and an invigorated sound. After touring non-stop through the first half of the year, JFJO entered the studio to document its rebirth at 58NS Studios in Brooklyn. The sessions will be released September 1 as an EP entitled, One Day In Brooklyn, on the quartet's own Kinnara Records.
Once described by Signal To Noise as having "a breadth and vision nearly untouched in modern jazz except by the likes of Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell," JFJO with the addition of Combs on lap steel and Hayes on acoustic bass has perhaps invented its own genre: Red Dirt Jazz, equal parts earthy and nimble, pastoral and sweeping, elegant and rollicking. The quartet taps into their birthright, drawing upon "The Tulsa Sound" of hometown heroes like JJ Cale, Bob Wills and Leon Russell, growing these roots into a jazz foundation that's built firmly upon the influence of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk among others.
While nothing is ever certain in the JFJO universe, it's clear for the time being that their fearless vessel is as strong as ever. The odyssey continues.
More Information: http://www.jfjo.com