How do seven guys in Tulsa get this good?
We expect grooves like these, attitude like this, great playing like
this, out of jazz/funk bands in New York or Chicago....but Oklahoma? The
seven members of the JFJO have been together for five years,
barnstorming around the US by van and bringing their own brand of
electric jazz-funk-afro-hip hop to an enthusiastic and growing fan base.
their Midwestern home base, JFJO has generated a noticeable
buzz...[Welcome Home features] hip, multilayered grooves and horn
solos...youthful spirit and modern sensibility ...spontaneous jazz and
spaced out funk."
-John Janowiak, Down Beat, June 1999
And one more thing: who is Jacob Fred anyway?
The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey:
Kyle Wright: trumpet
Matt Leland: trombone
Brian Haas: Rhodes piano
Dove McHargue: guitar, drums (2)
Reed Mathis: bass
Matthew Edwards: percussion
Sean Layton: drums, percussion: (2), vocals (5)
Lee Clark: turntables (1 & 6)
1. Seven Inch Six (K. Wright; 6:50) Live 9.26.98 2. Muskogee Smalls (B. Haas; 6:04) Live 9.27.98 3. MMW (M. Leland; 7:59) Live 9.26.984. Mountain Scream (R. Mathis; 6:32) Live 9.27.98 5. Stomp (S. Layton; 7:19) Studio 5.4.98 6. Welcome Home (Jacob Fred; 5:14) Live 9.26.98 7. Seventh Greenbelt (K. Wright; 7:56) Live 9.26.98 8. Road To Emmaus (K. Wright; 5:28) Studio 4.20.98