Die Presse review of JFJO at Jazzfestival Saafelden
Click here for the original review (in German). Below is the Google translation of the section of the review about The Race Riot Suite performance.
“The compulsion to permanent innovation has long been in the free music to a kind of curse. The lightning retracting idea, it is also in the guild extemporierenden a rare thing. Although the rate of association of jazz musician is usually the inertia of the average ear significantly advance the miracle of sudden, original incident remains the exception. Becomes even more important as a strategy of docking. The splendid Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey held up for their afternoon performance of “Race Riot Suite” of dark events in recent city history of Tulsa, Oklahoma. There it was not always as relaxed as. Within the songs from JJ Cale, the city’s famous son In 1921, the local economy grandees even went to Greenwood to vacate the quarters of the poor, African-American residents, because they suspected oil there. At the end of several hundred residents of the rest were dead, homeless. The disastrous consequences were the starting point for an intense concept album, which has now been brought to the stage in Saalfelden.
“Fideler country, angry free jazz”
Led by pianist Brian Haas and the lap steel guitarist Chris Combs band was amplified by trumpeter Steven Bernstein and saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum and Skerik. With passion, they made sure that we always had to do it with a blend of moods. The charm of songs such as “Black Wall Street” and “Lost in the Battle of Greenwood” was in the emotional ambivalence. In the powerful surge of the music and the distressing Gemütsaufhellende entities were equal. The proud aesthetics of the New Orleans funeral march was combined with the charming fidelity of the Country and the wrath of the free jazz. Brian Haas sovereign conducted from the piano, while Chris Combs, the composer of this disturbing Suite, disguised as a humble instrumentalist.”