Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The Spark That Bled


The Spark That Bled


Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey


The Sameness of Difference (Hyena 9343)

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Brian Haas (piano),

Reed Mathis (electric bass), Jason Smart (drums)


Composed by Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd & Michael Ivins


Recorded: New York, June 2005


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

There is much for jazz fans to love about The Flaming Lips, pop music's premier neo-psychedelic outfit. The Lips' music is daring yet accessible, unconventional yet beautifully melodic, playful yet musically and emotionally mature. Matching the mammoth symphonic, layered studio sound of The Lips' "The Spark That Bled" would be downright impossible; indie jazz power trio Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey's version is obviously stripped down, but to no detriment. The trio navigates through theatrical starts and stops with ease and considerable dynamic contrast. The arrangement doesn't leave room for improvisation, but frankly, blowing choruses are not at all missed. This is 21st-century rock-influenced chamber jazz; the composition is the focus with its gorgeous melodies and Haas's and Mathis's flawlessly executed counterpoint. Stay tuned—hopefully the jazz world will be singed with more of The Flaming Lips in the near future.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic

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