Experimental & Avant-Garde, Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret, Rock & Pop

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

When: Fri., April 11, 9:30 p.m. 2008

In many senses, free-form trio Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey belongs in the lineage of Pink Floyd, not only because its name derives from a fake person -- apparently the alias that keyboardist Brian Haas used when calling his sweethearts late at night in high school -- but because the group's heavily textured orchestration and meandering instrumentals make it a distant cousin of the "progressive rock" genre. But Jacob Fred ratchets up all those ideas by overlaying a piano solo with hazy studio effects, or mimicking the sound of someone bowing a cello. Their latest album Lil Tae Rides Again -- recorded in a century-old warehouse in Tulsa and produced by electronic musician Tae Meyulks -- is perhaps the group's strangest to date, though it's also truly intoxicating. The group performs along with Mushroom on Friday, April 11 at Cafe du Nord (2174 Market St., San Francisco). 9:30 p.m., $15. JFJO.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $15

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