"Fred Jacobs illustrates the trumpets magic power," -- Norman Provisor, JAZZIZ
"Fred Jacobs... crisp attack and obvious affection for the same tinge of blues that
colors Horace Silver's brand of funky hard bop" -- Mike Joyce, Washington Post
Jacobs worked on his trumpet, studying improvisation with Freddie Hubbard and Eddie Daniels... he played in the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich and with Sam Jones/Tom Harrell, Eddie Palmieri and Jimmy McGriff. He also honed his arranging skills, and contributed charts to the books of Hampton and "For Real" for the Jones/Harrell band.
Jacobs' first CD, Time Change... was a classy debut. It featured superb rhythm sections, both acoustic (Romero Lubambo and Rufus Reid) and electric (Chuck Loeb and Troy Millard), Dave Kikoski played keyboards and Bill Stewart drums throughout. Scott Kreitzer's reeds shared the front line with Jacobs, whose moving, exciting, and widely varied compositions took center stage.
Jacobs, current project, intriguingly entitled Journey Through Night, again encompasses
multi-level ideas, this time involving dream travel. "Listeners go through journeys, and so do players," says Jacobs.