Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Re: Frayne
Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb
Stickadiboom (Zoho 200903)
Thomas Taylor (drums).
Composed by Steve Haines.
Recorded: New York, November 6 or 7, 2007
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
The opening of bassist Steve Haines's rubato ballad "Re: Frayne" strongly resembles Charlie Haden's composition "Silence," a tune Haden has recorded several times since its debut on his 1979 album Magico (ECM) with a trio that also included Jan Garbarek and Egberto Gismonti. Haines's direct and relatively unadorned melody statement and solo seem to reflect a Haden influence, as well. Haines is accompanied by pianist Chip Crawford, who plays the sparsely voiced chords in a simple harmonic rhythm. Drummer Thomas Taylor enters a couple of minutes in, adding a subtle percussive impetus. The bass solo gives way to a harmonically ambiguous free-time section, featuring David Lown on tenor sax playing in the manner of John Coltrane, circa 1961. A nearly silent piano episode follows, wherein Chip Crawford plucks notes one at a time. Another free-time collective—this time featuring soprano saxophonist Rob Smith—leads into a brief recap of the opening section. Taylor distinguishes himself, and the other players are very capable. A solid performance in a tried-and-true bag.
Reviewer: Chris Kelsey
Tags: 2000s jazz