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Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

To say that the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's music transcends boundaries and expands minds is an understatement. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's bold, amorphous and visceral music is influenced just as much by post-rock and ambient electronica as traditional jazz standards, chamber music and free improvisation. JFJO has brought their heady progressive outfit from the Midwest's Bible Belt to some of America's and Europe's finest music festivals and jazz and rock clubs. JFJO has been touring incessantly and winning over fans and critics with their innovative music since 1994. After JFJO's bassist, Reed Mathis, made his professional debut on guitar in front of thousands headlining Austria's Saalfelden Festival with The Coalition of the Willing earlier this Fall, he has been incorporating the guitar into JFJO's music - taking their sound into an ever-new and exciting direction. This trio of pianist Brian Haas, drummer Jason Smart and bassist/guitarist Reed Mathis journeyed to Europe in November 2006 for JFJO's second European tour of 2006 with a dozen performances in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Italy. After the European tour, JFJO will played their only remaining shows of 2006 at The Blue Note in New York City, Dec. 8th and 9th. In August, JFJO released Tomorrow We'll Know Today, a collection a live tracks from Europe and the US available exclusively for digital download. In January, JFJO will return to the studio where they will begin to record their third album with Hyena Records....
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