Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Returns to Europe in October

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Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
JFJO return to Europe in October. Touring in support of Lil Tae Rides Again (Hyena) the band will perform in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Germany and Sweden over the course of the three week tour. The trip's highlights include performances at Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in Ireland and the 40th UMEA International Jazz Festival in Sweden, as well as a Halloween performance in London to finish the tour. Immediately before jumping the pond, the Tulsa-based trio (Brian Haas on keys, Reed Mathis on guitars and Josh Raymer on drums) will play their final U.S. east coast shows of 2008, including legendary jazz venue, The Blue Note, in New York City. It'll conclude a banner year for JFJO whose latest album was widely praised by publications like Downbeat, The Village Voice and San Francisco Weekly, while a relentless touring schedule featured stops at Newport Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center and the The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

Upcoming JFJO dates are:

October 4 / Coalessece Festival / Eureka Springs, AR

October 5 / Oklahoma State Fair / Tulsa, OK

October 8 / Regattabar / Boston, MA

October 9 / Chris' Jazz Cafe / Philadelphia, PA

October 10 / The Blue Note / New York, NY

October 16 / Oxidant / Berlin, Germany

October 18 / SJU Jazz Podium / Utrecht, Netherlands

October 21 / Jazz I Malmo / Malmo, Sweden

October 23 / Glen Miller's Caf / Stockholm, Sweden

October 24 / 40th Umea International Jazz Festival / Umea, Sweden

October 26 / Guinness Cork Jazz Festival / Cork City, Ireland

October 27 / Matt & Phred's / Manchester, England

October 28 / The Jazz Bar / Edinburgh, Scotland

October 29 / Colchester Arts Centre / Colchester,UK

October 31 / Charlie Wright's International / London, England

December 31 / Blank Slate / Tulsa, OK

What's being said about JFJO's Lil Tae Rides Again:

“As abstractly hallucinatory as it may sound on disc, expect material from the Tulsa keyboard trio's most recent album, Lil Tae Rides Again, to unfold gloriously on-stage. Expectations, though, are hardly the stock in trade of keyboardist Brian Haas, guitarist Reed Mathis, and drummer Josh Raymer's improvisatory head-fuckery, which embraces Beatles covers, free jazz and just about everything in between." -- Village Voice

Lil Tae Rides Again bathes in electro-blackness, a blood-red island in a skewed fantasy. Gorgeous or beastly, it sticks to your shivering bones." --Under The Radar Magazine

“Clearly, keyboardist Brain Haas and bassist Reed Mathis could be considered masters of their respective instruments, but they avoid exhibitionistic soloing in favor of sonic ambiance and subtle group meditations. Structure and context is the name of the game, building an orchestral majesty into the mix and amplifying the sense of exploration within the band's creative process." -- Downbeat

“Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey step through the looking glass to emerge from the shadows of their disparate rock and jazz influences with something wholly fresh. Producer Tae Meyulks transforms these sessions into a sonic wonderland." -- The Absolute Sound

“Delicious postmodern jazzitude from the Tulsa-based piano trio." 4 of 5 stars. - Mojo (UK)

“In my humble opinion, one of the most fascinating trios currently walking around on God's green earth." - SlagwerkKrant (NL)

“'Tether Ball Triumph' layers shimmering, overlapping melodic fragments over hushed drum 'n' bass rhythms. The eerie 'Santiago Lends a Hand' sounds like a lullaby for the post-apocalypse before ominous, lurching beats come to the fore. One of the few uptempo pieces here is the dub-tinged 'Discovering the Time Capsule,' where sweet, nostalgic accordion sighs waft through thick, metallic piano chords — imagine Tortoise in waltz mode." --SF Weekly

“....powerfully evocative, making the listening experience alternately trying and transcendent." -- Bass Player

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