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"JFJO burns with a quiet intensity…the musicians play with coiled looseness, improvising with quicksilver, deliberate force…the tension produced is exhilarating." -- Jazz Times

"Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey are the real deal; a tight, adventurous trio that can stretch jazz to its outer limits." -- Dallas Morning News

"The group has built a passionate young following through relentless touring and impressed veterans such as avant-garde patriarch Cecil Taylor." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"The playing of Brian Haas, Jason Smart and Reed Mathis saturates everything with beauty and brave emotion." --
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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HYENA Records
  • ASIN: B000B6TR2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Larry Sakin on October 21, 2005
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When one thinks of Tulsa Oklahoma, a home to modern jazz musicians isn't usually the first thing that occurs. But Tulsa was the breeding ground for The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Over a ten year period, the band honed their craft through thousands of live shows and nine recordings.

Their latest release, "The Sameness of Difference", is a quintessential piece of post-modern jazz which plays tribute to a number of influences and mentors. Pianist Brian Haas, Bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Jason Smart have assembled a fantastic mix of originals and covers, each a seamless voyage to places far from Tulsa.

Stylistically, many of the songs on this album reminds me of the moody, sparse European-jazz tinged elements of The Carla Bley Band and some of the early harmonic experiments of Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, and legendary bassist Charlie Haden found on a number of ECM releases from the early eighties. Mathis uses octave pedals to create the Metheny-esque soundscapes, losing himself in meditative renditions of Hendrix's "Have You Ever Been to Electric Ladyland" and Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down". In their more spirited moments, they take on a Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke-type fusion on originals "Santiago" and "Halliburton Breakdown", Mathis and Haas improvising feverishly, trading off high and low ends. Throughout, Smart's drums have a Jack DeJohnette kind of sensibility, using cymbals, high hat, and brushes effectively to fill some of the darker pieces. Producer-extraordinaire Joel Dorn touches up the trio with understated studio effects, unwilling to dilute the pure edginess of the trio.

The only downside to the album for me was the brief time slots allotted for each tune.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Earsby on November 15, 2006
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This is a knod to some of the more popular songs that probably had an influence on Jacob Fred. As such there are more popular tunes in here, although they are somewhat of a challenge to identify. Electric Ladyland, some Beatles, Neil Young, really a nice selection of tunes from the 60s and early 70s. JFJO is a band that will continue to please a wide range of listeners from the Jamband crowd to the Jazz crowd. This is an excellent compilation of songs, and I am looking forward to hearing their next outing.GO SEE THEM LIVE!
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