The result, Race Riot Suite (Kinnara, 2011), is a sweeping statement that finds an expanded JFJO exploring more stylistic territory than ever before, with the help of high-profile guests like trumpeter Steven Bernstein and saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum.
Daniel Lehner spoke with Combs about the genesis of Race Riot Suite, and an even more ambitious project, Ludwig, that reimagines Ludwig van Beethoven's Third and Sixth Symphonies, and asserts that the 17th century classical composer's music is far more relevant today than most think.
Check out Daniel's in-depth interview with Combs, Chris Combs: Jacob Fred's Tulsa Tale and read Doug Collette's insightful CD review of Race Riot Suite, both published today at All About Jazz. You can also download a full track from Slow Breath, Silent Mind, JFJO's 2003 live disc, released by Kufala Recordings.
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