Most of you have probably never heard of these guys (you can check them out at www.jfjo.com ), but Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a sort of avant garde, improv acid jazz-ish (hard to categorize them) three piece from Oklahoma, features quite possibly the most original sounding, innovative bassist I have ever heard in Reed Mathis. Caught them last night for the first time and I didn't know what to expect. The band consists of keys (Fender Rhodes & some rather bizarre sounding other equipment), drums and bass. When they started to play, I was hearing what sounded like a screaming lead guitar solo backed by a solid walking bassline. From my vantage point, I just assumed that Reed was playing this nice bassline and that the keyboard player was jamming the solo on one of his machines. As I got a closer look, I saw that it was actually the keyboard player playing the bassline and Reed playing this almost Hendrix-like solo on his beat up Fender Jazz(!). He was using a crybaby pedal and God knows what else to simulate a lead guitar sound and he was insane! Does not play with a pick and no, he's not a converted guitar player. Later in the shw, he switched to his fretless and played some mind-numbing leads on it as well. Anyway, throughout the show, this dude basically blew my mind, so much so that I had to work my way to the front just to watch him play. He played a chord-filled solo at one point that literally left my jaw wide open - I can honestly say that I have never seen nor heard any bassist play chords like the guy. Whether it was chords, solos, sick lines or even some Claypool-derivative techniques, Mathis just basically brought the house down. People around me could not believe what they were seeing. He had three basses - 2 beat up modified Fender Jazzes (one fretted, one fretless) and a sort of bizarre looking, custom acoustic. His setup featured an Ashdown x15 combo and an old GK cab. So, considering the fact that this post has been long enough, I'll stop ing here. If anyone gets the chance to see this guy, you will not be disappointed. I remarked to a friend at the show last night that the only guy I had seen live who blew my mind that much was Vic Wooten. Seriously. Oh, and he's only freaking 26(!).