The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is a trio that is as eccentric as its name, since there is no Jacob Fred! Although appearing to be a conventional piano/bass/drums trio, the group performs jazzed-up versions of rock songs, spacy renditions of jazz standards, and originals that are not lacking in humor. Its music is mostly difficult to describe, falling somewhere between abstract jazz and rock with occasional detours to avant funk. The Sameness of Difference, in addition to originals by the group members, includes unique versions of numbers by Jimi Hendrix, Charles Mingus, and Dave Brubeck (a version of "In Your Own Sweet Way" that retains its melody but little else) and is a very unpredictable if occasionally erratic outing.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow