Stickadiboom is the second CD and Zoho debut from jazz bassist/composer Steve Haines and his quintet, who are best known for their classic New York-style hard-bop. Their music transcends generations from Art Blakey to the present. Featuring the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb on the recording, Stickadiboom revitalizes hard-bop slang and the emotive fracas mobilized by jamband exchanges. Haines is astute at blending his bass hooks into the melodies fabric, drawing out patterns which give the limelight to David Lown’s saxophone twitters and Rob Smith’s blazing trumpet and wispy saxophone doodles. The carefree sprinkles of piano keys from Chip Crawford move the pieces with an elegant canter as drummer Thomas Taylor support the movements with malleable beats displaying a chemistry that consumes the listener entirely.
The upbeat thumping of the title track has an infectious boogaloo jazz chattering, and the bustling agility of the saxophone puffs raking over "Sutak 9-1-1" evoke thriving passions to rule the fluctuations along the segments as each musician is given a chance to indulge in a solo. The soft amorous streaks coasting along "Rendezvous" have a succor effect that was inspired by a visit to Shanghai according to the liner notes. The album maintains this softness with the weeping tooling that castles "Patience," a song which was written for the daughter of Haines' dear friend Martin. The easy stride of "Prospect Park" is fraught with festive nuances, delicate curls and a jolly gait in the piano keys that makes one imagine of frolicking through the wooded paths of a park, dancing in its open grassy fields and feeling like a voyeur of nature’s breeding ground. The bass clumps bordering the docile piano wheels strewn across "Re: Frayne" create a sparse and stress-free aria that is a tribute to saxophonist Rob Frayne, while the final track "Composition 101" is frocked in dance grooves releasing excitement in its belly as loops of lavish saxophone twirls and bopping bass beats twine together.
Stickadiboom is loaded with modern hard-bop motifs and soothing snare drum brushing. The quintet’s chemistry is attractive and stimulates excitement to come up to the surface. The band’s agility is tempered by reclining grooves, which has the quintet moving all over the place. The Steve Haines Quintet does hard-bop justice, and preserves its authenticity while keeping the music contemporary and thriving beyond its heyday.