Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
The Battle for Earth
“…the group has matured into one of the finest and most exciting jazz groups around.” – Billboard Magazine
“Frankly, it’s hard to think of a more original, fresh-sounding band.”- All About Jazz
“Haas and company concoct a sonic galaxy far more kaleidoscopic than might seem doable for a trio.” -Downbeat Magazine
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s 27th release in 22 years, The Battle For Earth, is a mind melting, particle reorganizing trip through time and space. Manipulated loops, electronics, and synthesizers are juxtaposed with grand piano, guitar, and lap steel. Drummer Josh Raymer’s meta-modern drum stylings push, pull and shake the foundation. Recorded live at DazzleJazz in Denver, CO, The Battle For Earth finds JFJO planted firmly in their own language and mythology. Expanding on newer material from 2014’s release, Worker, alongside classic tunes like “Tetherball Triumph” and “Sean’s Song,” the band’s unique, angular arrangements and tonalities are redefined as they explore the sonic freedom the current lineup offers. Far from being a traditional trio, JFJO founder/keyboardist Brian Haas simultaneously plays Moog bass and grand piano, throwing in melodica and other synths while guitarist Chris Combs bounces between guitar, lap steel and various synthesizers, making the trio sound like a much larger ensemble. In addition to the ground breaking music, JFJO will be presenting and starring in it’s first ever, limited edition comic book also called The Battle For Earth (digital download included). Conceived by Combs and brought to life by artist Joe Cappa, the comic tells an original, amusing Sci-fi-jazz epic that is equal parts “Space Is The Place” and “Yellow Submarine”. Flying elk, helpful aliens, evil space beasts, and lots of free-jazz-powered weaponry make TBFE an intriguing and unique piece of JFJO’s 22 year history.
While navigating 22 years, 16 members, 27 albums, and countless tours around the world, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey has become an institution in modern music. Defined by evolution and change, the band has invented it’s own language, one which defies genre. Beginning in Tulsa, OK in 1994 as a funky octet with MCs and horns, JFJO became an instrumental trio in 1999, a quartet in 2007, and expanded to a 9-piece ensemble for 2011’s acclaimed “Race Riot Suite.” Celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014, the band returned to the trio setting with two new albums on the revered Brooklyn record label, Royal Potato Family. For Record Store Day, JFJO offered “Millions: Live In Denver,” a seven-track live recording which was captured during two sold out shows in Denver. Available exclusively as a limited edition LP, the pressing sold out day of release. On October 14, 2014, JFJO dropped “Worker”, a brand new collection of songs that received a brilliant reaction from critics and fans alike. In September of 2015 the band continued it’s tradition of innovation with the release of “The Battle For Earth”, a psychedelic comic book which included a download of live performances. With Brian Haas on acoustic piano/Fender Rhodes/bass Moog and synth, Chris Combs on electric guitar/lap steel and synth, and Josh Raymer on drums, JFJO is making the most modern and immediate music of their career.