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Lost In The Battle For Greenwood by Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

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Album Title: The Race Riot Suite
Label: Curling Legs
Released: 2011


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Fiona's Comments

An edgy, yet intoxicating sound on this track. Song features a couple members of the old NYC experimental jazz ensemble Kamikaze Ground Crew, if that helps give you a sense of JFJO's deft ability to straddle that crooked line between ominous and whimsical. A song that only sounds strange until the illusion is broken when you find yourself tapping your foot along to it. Wonderful. More, please.

About the Album

For its 21st album, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey reaches into the dark annals of its hometown's history and emerges with the masterwork Race Riot Suite. Written, arranged, and orchestrated by the band's lap steel guitarist Chris Combs, the album is a long-form conceptual piece that tells the devastating story of the 1921 Tulsa race riot, which resulted in the death of hundreds of black Tulsans and the destruction of the entire Greenwood city district. With jittery melodies, propulsive rhythms and swirling improvisations, JFJO reflects on one of the least understood atrocities of the Jim Crow-era. On the recording, JFJO's core line-up featuring Brian Haas (piano), Chris Combs (lap steel), Jeff Harshbarger (bass) and Josh Raymer (drums) is supported by a five piece horn section comprised of Steven Bernstein, Jeff Coffin, Peter Apfelbaum, Mark Southerland and Matt Leland.


Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Date featured

November 14, 2011

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