Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom




Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb


Stickadiboom (Zoho 200903)

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Steve Haines (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Rob Smith (trumpet), David Lown (tenor sax), Chip Crawford (piano).

Composed by Steve Haines


Recorded: New York, November 6 or 7, 2007


Rating: 81/100 (learn more)

As the only surviving musician who played on both Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and John Coltrane's Giant Steps sessions, drummer Jimmy Cobb merits a lot of attention in 2009, the 50th anniversary of both albums. Bassist Steve Haines does his best to keep the ageless bop percussionist par excellence busy, hiring him to play on five of Stickadiboom's seven tracks. The title tune is a "Sidewinder"-esque boogaloo, made Blue Note-worthy by the funky Mr. Cobb, whose earthy, light-handed groove lends the performance an unequivocal authenticity. Trumpeter Rob Smith perpetuates the Lee Morgan vibe, kicking-in an energetic, largely double-timed solo. Smith is followed by tenor saxophonist David Lown, who plays with a bearish tone and chooses his notes carefully. Pianist Chip Crawford's unruly and impetuous solo is next. His rhythmically adventurous streak distinguishes him from his rather more conventional bandmates. As for Haines, he's a fine groove maker, a solid soloist, and an able composer. He and Cobb work well together; their folksy dynamic is the best thing about the track.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey


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