JFJO (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey)

Artist / Band / Musician
Jazz / Electronica / Psychedelic
Rather than simply evoking Greenwood's destruction, however, the suite encompasses the region's creative ferment. Composed and arranged by Jacob Fred steel guitarist Chris Combs, the score captures the energy of Greenwood's fervent churchgoers and the rollicking territory dance bands that crisscrossed the Southwest.-LA Times
"The new Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (+ horns) album might be their best" –NPR's A Blog Supreme
"Both musically and spiritually, The Race Riot Suite is a significant, important work" -JazzIz
"[The] Race Riot Suite is the type of ambitious, big sonic manifesto that at the very least will make you miss albums, and at the most make you reconsider the music currently in your iPod. In short, it's an important record……sounds like Duke Ellington under the direction of Tom Waits." -Westword
"…the group has matured into one of the finest and most exciting jazz groups around." - Billboard
"The Race Riot Suite isn't merely a serious contender for album-of-the-year. It's one of the most compelling jazz-based albums of the new millennium." –Plastic Sax
"The Race Riot Suite is to JFJO what 'Fables of Faubus' was to Charles Mingus and 'We Insist! Freedom Now Suite was to Max Roach: a daring and profound manifesto of both jazz and politics" –Elmore Magazine
"The music is filled with darkness, light, deep thought and inspiration all delivered with the inspiring playing of this airtight quartet of unique improvisers." -JazzTimes (review of JFJO at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal)
"A breadth and vision nearly untouched in modern jazz except by the likes of Wayne Shorter and Bill Frisell." – Signal to Noise
"…a tour de force of jazz melded with classical…" - Downbeat Magazine review of Ludwig
"…one of the ensembles capable of pushing Jazz into the future with the creative vitality to keep new generations interested in the uniquely American art form." - City Beat
"…it's here, between Coltrane and Yeasayer, Mingus and Animal Collective, and the very real sense of adventure, that JFJO truly find their stride, and Stay Gold, shines awfully bright." - Jambands.com
"…the music of the 1920s is suggested by devices borrowed from New Orleans' Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton and from Tulsa's own Bob Wills. But those 90-year-old techniques often morph suddenly into the dissonance and harmolodic improvisation of modern jazz." –JazzTimes
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