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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Stay Gold
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - The Race Riot Suite
(CD/2xLP/Download) Kinnara Records/The Royal Potato Family, 2011-08-30

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey will be releasing at the end of this summer their 21st album release entitled The Race Riot Suite on Kinnara Records in partnership with the Royal Potato Family. The Race Riot Suite was written by Chris Combs for the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey quartet (Brian Haas piano, Chris Combs lap steel, Josh Raymer drums, Jeff Harshbarger bass) plus horn quintet. In January 2011 the band recorded the piece at Tulsa's hallowed Church Studio with guest horn players Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band), Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm), Peter Apfelbaum (Hieroglyphics, Don Cherry), Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz) & Matt Leland (a founding JFJO member).

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Stay Gold
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - The Race Riot Suite
(CD/2xLP/Download) Kinnara Records/The Royal Potato Family, 2011-08-30

Grandfather's Gun by jfjo

Tracklisting :
01. Prelude
02. Black Wall Street
03. Burning
04. First Prayer
05. Mt. Zion
06. Lost In the Battle For Greenwood
07. Second Prayer
08. Grandfather's Gun
09. Cover Up
10. Third Prayer
11. Eye of the Dove
12. Last Prayer

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Jacob Fred Fred Odyssey - the Race Riot Suite: World Premier
Announcement video for the World Premier performance of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's "the Race Riot Suite" on May 20th at the Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK.


Press Release :
Grandfather's Gun is the first single off of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's 21st album release entitled "The Race Riot Suite" - available August 30th, 2011 on Kinnara Records in partnership with the Royal Potato Family.

The Race Riot Suite was written by Chris Combs for the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey quartet (Brian Haas piano, Chris Combs lap steel, Josh Raymer drums, Jeff Harshbarger bass) plus horn quintet. In January 2011 the band recorded the piece at Tulsa's hallowed Church Studio with guest horn players Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band), Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob, Levon Helm), Peter Apfelbaum (Hieroglyphics, Don Cherry), Mark Southerland (Snuff Jazz), & Matt Leland (a founding JFJO member).

In 1921, Tulsa, Oklahoma was home to the most powerful and affluent African-American community in the country. In one of the largest racial conflicts and cover-ups in America's history "Black Wall Street" was burned to the ground. The Race Riot Suite is a long form musical work that tells the story of the evolution & destruction of one of America's greatest cultural epicenters in one of the least understood atrocities of the Jim Crow era.

The Suite serves as vehicle for insight & reflection on the event itself, as well as a tool for understanding the ways in which these issues continue to pervade our modern day culture and society. In addition the suite is a celebration of the vibrant and resilient Greenwood community that has risen from the ashes again and again, and continues to endure to this day.

The 1921 Riot was essentially a real-estate motivated ethnocide, with Tulsa's oil-elite and KKK ridden local government and press working to take advantage of the racially tense climate that pervaded Jim Crow era Oklahoma. Much of the Greenwood neighborhood was rebuilt after it's destruction, once again becoming a cultural centerpiece of the Midwest through the 30's & 40's. Many of Jazz's biggest names regularly stopped through Tulsa on their way to and from New Orleans, Kansas City, and Chicago.

The district was destroyed yet again by the city in the early 1980's in the name of "urban renewal". Interstate 244 now cuts through the heart of Black Wall Street, while the new Drillers Ballpark rests atop the ashes of the Greenwood neighborhood of years past. Finding ourselves in the midst of an a beautiful local Tulsa pride movement, our community must ensure that Greenwood's independent, locally owned businesses are warmly embraced.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey plays Beyonce: Why Don't You Love Me? live on New Year's Eve 2010 in Tulsa, OK at Cain's Ballroom by kinnara

Biography :
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is a band founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma consisting of Brian Haas on piano, Josh Raymer on drums, Chris Combs on lap steel, and Jeff Harshbarger on double bass. To say that JFJO's music transcends boundaries and expands minds is an understatement. JFJO's music generates an all-encompasing sensory experience for the listener. Since 1994, the JFJO collective has brought their impressionistic and improvisational vision from the Midwest's Bible-Belt to many of the world's finest music festivals and clubs. Music lovers are blown away by JFJO's instrumental virtuosity and creativity, musical risk, and near telepathic communication on stage. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is the evolution of an ongoing musical discourse that's been developed during 16 years of touring. Starting out in Tulsa, OK as a funky octet with MCs and horns, JFJO became an instrumental trio in 1999 and a quartet at the end of 2008. The band is known for having invented it's own improvisatory language, one which has permeated JFJO's sound regardless of it's configuration.

Over the past 16 years JFJO has become one of the foremost contemporary jazz bands in the world. In that time the band has released over 18 records and toured the top venues of the world such as the Damrosch Bandshell at Lincoln Center in NYC, Blue Note NYC & Milan Italy, Yoshi's in Oakland, Bimhuis in Amsterdam and the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland to name a few. JFJO has also frequented the jazz festival circuit, performing across the globe from Berlin to Brazil to Finland and back. The band recently performed some of their highest profile festival performances to date, such as the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival, and the Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland, where the band won a Guinness Jazz Award. These four musicians are musical chameleons who can move crowds in small jazz clubs, big rock clubs and performing arts theaters. Flourishing in the "jam" scene as well, the band has opened for Mike Gordon of Phish, Sound Tribe Sector Nine (sts9), Les Claypool, and held main-stage slots at many of the scene's largest festivals.

In September 2009 JFJO released the EP ‘One Day in Brooklyn'. The EP marked the debut of the new quartet lineup in the studio settingas well as the first release on JFJO's new record label, Kinnara Records, which is distributed by Sony Red/MRI. The new quartet lineup, album, and tour have received rave reviews from Billboard and Downbeat to the New York Times and the LA Weekly.
With the addition of Combs on lap steel and Jeff Harshbarger on upright bass, JFJO has perhaps invented its own genre: Red Dirt Jazz. This new sound is equal parts earthy and nimble, pastoral and sweeping, elegant and rollicking. JFJO is tapping into their birthright, drawing upon "The Tulsa Sound" born of hometown heroes like Bob Wills, JJ Cale, and Leon Russell. These roots grow up into a jazz foundation that's built firmly upon the likes of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk.

2010 has found JFJO releasing The Sensation of Seeing light, a 7″ vinyl single, for Record Store Day in April, as well as releasing their LP "Stay Gold" on both CD & double 12″ vinyl in June. Both albums were released JFJO's record label Kinnara Records and are exclusively distributed in partnership with the Royal Potato Family by MRI/RED. In between these releases the band already toured the East Coast & West Coast in the US as well as a month in Europe, all before the year was half way through.

After years of labor, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's reinterpretations of Beethoven's 3rd & 6th Symphonies premiered in June as a project entitled ‘Ludwig'. The project, which rearranged Beethoven's 3rd & 6th symphonies, was premiered alongside a 50 piece orchestra on June 12th as a headline performance at the OK Mozart Festival. Downbeat is calling ‘Ludwig' "a tour de force of jazz melded with classical."
JFJO's reinterpretations channel the spirits of not only Beethoven & Karajan but Led Zeppelin & Radiohead as well, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey are turning Beethoven's 3rd & 6th symphonies into modern music for today's audiences. The band & arranger Noam Faingold have taken ‘Eroica' & ‘Pastoral' and transformed the symphonies into contemporary music for the young and old alike.
Haas was thrilled to be able to return to his classical roots and describes the project as "Ellington's Far East Suite meets the Flaming Lips," complete with intricate arrangements, in-the-moment improvisations, and big rock breakdowns.

After 16 years JFJO's music continues to offer a unique and different sound that exhibits a rare form of abstract yet accessible musical freedom and inquiry. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has blossomed into one of the most visionary and fearless bands touring the world today.


JFJO recording Days 8/9/10 w/ Jeff Coffin, Steven Bernstein, Peter Apfelbaum, & Mark Southerland
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