"A breadth and vision nearly untouched in modern jazz except by the likes of Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell." Signal To Noise
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based musical institution founded by pianist Brian Haas, celebrates their 15th anniversary in 2009. Having recently expanded their line up from a trio to a quartet by adding fellow Tulsans' Chris Combs on lap steel guitar and Matt Hayes on acoustic bass, JFJO prove to be perpetually evolving and pushing boundaries further with each passing year. In this process, they ve perhaps invented their own sub-genre--Red Dirt Jazz--by tapping into their Oklahoma birthright and drawing upon "The Tulsa Sound" of hometown heroes like JJ Cale, Leon Russell and Bob Wills. These roots grow into a jazz foundation built firmly around the inspiration of giants like Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The results are documented on the superb new EP One Day In Brooklyn, the first release from the reconfigured line-up. Recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as first takes without any overdubs, the six-track collection captures the telepathic improvisations and visceral post jazz energy that has defined JFJO over the years. Highlights include a medley of Rahsaan Roland Kirk s A Laugh For Rory and Black & Crazy Blues and renditions of The Beatles Julia, Thelonious Monk s Four In One and Abdullah Ibrahim s Imam, as well as two new original pieces.