Let me introduce to you Stickadiboom, the second CD release and ZOHO label debut of the Steve Haines Quintet, featuring the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb as a special guest. What is “Stickadiboom,” you might ask? It’s an onomatopoeia, a term used by musicians describing the sound that jazz drummers make. It’s also the nickname of our new dog Simon, an energetic little Vizsla.
This album was recorded at Clinton Studios in November 2007, in New York City. I chose Clinton Studios in midtown Manhattan because of its remarkable room sound, and because of its unique piano. The piano you hear was used by Thelonious Monk, Glenn Gould, and Bill Evans, for the musical masterpiece Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. I am also lucky enough to have made friends with Rob Hunter, who was introduced to me by Branford Marsalis. Rob is the sound engineer, and he mixed and mastered this album. He's truly the seventh musician on this album.
The first tune was recorded with our regular drummer, the mighty Thomas Taylor. It's called The Freightrain because that's his nickname. This tune is a simple three bar melody which is played over and over again with different chords underneath. For the head out, the chords are played backwards. For the tunes on this album, I used very little material so that I could practically sing the parts to the band. I wanted to keep it simple.
Stickadiboom is a boogaloo which introduces you to the great drummer Jimmy Cobb. Jimmy is of course forever associated with the above-mentioned Kind of Blue, the classic and best-selling Miles Davis Quintet record from 1959. Jimmy is the sole surviving member of this epochal, genre-defining group. He was so incredible to work with. I bet I could make a record with his drum solos from tunes that didn't make this album! I'm deeply honored and thrilled to play with him.
Rendezvous was inspired by an evening in Shanghai, China while I was on tour with the John Salmon Quintet. I went for a walk and wondered into a beautiful castle. Inside there was Argentinean dance society made up of people from all over the world. They danced with a quiet passion and tried to teach me the tango. It was such a magical experience. For this tune, I tried to write a tango, but what you hear is what came out instead. Jimmy had three great grooves for this and chose the one you hear now. I wrote the tune with Rob Smith in mind, as he is so versatile. He plays trumpet on the first half, and soprano saxophone on the second half.
Sutak 9-1-1 was written for John Sutak, a fellow hockey player. While on a hockey tournament in Charleston, he had a sudden need for a call to 9-1-1. But don't worry, it turned out fine! He even managed to score a pile of goals in the final game.
Patience is for my dear friend Martin's little daughter. He and his wonderful wife Smokey live in Edmonton, Alberta. Martin and I remain really tight after we went to the same high school together. This was written with the sound of Dave Lown in mind beside Jimmy's brushwork.
Prospect Park is written for the big park in Brooklyn, NY. We took our dog Simon there to burn around unleashed.
Re: Frayne was written for Ottawa saxophonist Rob Frayne. I wanted to dedicate this tune to him, but I didn't have a song title for it. An audience member at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival came up with something and scribbled it onto a program for me. I think it's a perfect title.
Steve Haines, December 1, 2008
Bassist Steve Haines directs the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This past year, he has played or recorded with Jason Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Chad Eby, Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Cobb, Joel Frahm, Ralph Bowen, and Joe Chambers. He has performed with Dick Oatts, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Berg, Joe Williams, Mark Levine, and Jim Snidero. His first album as a leader “The Steve Haines Quintet: Beginner's Mind” received international critical acclaim and was hailed by All About Jazz as "one of the best inside/outside records of the year.” He has recently returned to North Carolina from living in New York City.
Jimmy Cobb, born in 1929, is largely self-taught, though he studied briefly with Jack Dennett, a percussionist in the National Symphony Orchestra. He played engagements with Charlie Rouse, Leo Parker, Frank Wess, Billie Holiday, and Pearl Bailey in Washington. After leaving the city in 1950, he played with Earl Bostic with whom he made his first recordings, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1958 he replaced Philly Joe Jones in Miles Davis' Quintet with which he remained until 1963. He then joined Paul Chambers in the Wynton Kelly Trio which toured and recorded both on its own and with Wes Montgomery and J. J. Johnson.
He accompanied Sarah Vaughan through the 1970s and later played with Rich Cole, Sonny Stitt, and Nat Adderley. Cobb's style of drumming is in the classic hard-bop tradition of Jones, Max Roach, and Art Blakey. As an accompanist he plays forcefully, aggressively, and slightly ahead of the beat; as a soloist he uses the entire drum set in a quasi-melodic fashion.
Rob Smith, (trumpet and saxophone), Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Central Michigan University, graduated from Central Michigan University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Trumpet performance. He attended The University of North Texas. Upon graduating from UNT, Rob performed with several groups including The Charles Earland Quartet, and The Woody Herman orchestra, with whom he toured throughout the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe and the Middle East, and still tours. He has performed recently with Terri Lynn Carrington, and James Genus.
David Lown (saxophone) is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he also performed with the acclaimed One O'Clock Lab Band. While a member of the One O'Clock Band, Lown recorded a live album with Kenny Wheeler, and performed with many other artists such as Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, and Tim Hagans. Lown worked actively in New York City for several years, performing with the Dave Liebman Big Band and many others. David Lown is now active as a performer and teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Chip Crawford (piano) began his career at Berklee College of Music in the early 70's and within a year found himself touring and recording with such music legends as the Four Tops and Isaac Hayes. In 1974, Chip formed the group Workshoppe which attracted the attention of Weather Report founder and producer Joe Zawinul. His association with jazz giants continued through the next two decades, as he worked extensively with Donald Byrd and performed with Jimmy Heath, Herbie Hancock, Slide Hampton and Houston Person. He has also been a long-standing arranger for Miles Davis' late legendary producer Teo Macero.
Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York City, November 6 & 7, 2007. Engineered mixed & mastered by Rob "Wacko" Hunter. Photography and package design by Stacey Haines. Produced by Steve Haines. Executive producer: Joachim “Jochen” Becker.