Perhaps more than any other genre of music, jazz is celebrated for -- and shackled by -- its past. When your titans of yesteryear include Armstrong, Ellington and Parker, it's hard to move one's mind-set away from their epic contributions either artistically or journalistically (indeed, one of the most exciting jazz releases this year is a "lost" 1957 John Coltrane/Thelonious Monk show). But the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is attempting to freshen things up and attract a nontraditional audience to the music. With a background in alternative rock, Brian Haas (piano), Reed Mathis (bass, effects) and Jason Smart (drums) pull off a triumph with... More >>>