• Second CD release and ZOHO debut of jazz bassist / composer Steve Haines’ Quintet, in a classic New York style straightahead hard-bop blowing session, featuring the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb, the sole surviving member of the epochal 1958 Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” Quintet.
• Recorded at the famous Clinton Studios in Manhattan in November 2007, “Stickadiboom” ( a drummer’s term describing the sound of jazz drums) features seven brilliant originals by bassist Steve Haines and a Jimmy Cobb composition, played by Haines’ working quintet of hand-picked sidemen plus guest Jimmy Cobb.
• Jazz 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, Wycliffe Gordon, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Cobb, Joel Frahm, and Joe Chambers. He has performed with Dick Oatts, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Berg, Joe Williams, Mark Levine, and Jim Snidero.
• Drummer Jimmy Cobb, featured on six of the eight tracks on “Stickadiboom”, has played with jazz greats in the six decades of his career, including Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Steve Haines (double bass) 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." His newest album, The Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom, will be available in spring 2009. Haines holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and a M.M. in Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of North Texas, where he was a member of the UNT One O'clock Lab Band. Haines' music is published at the University of Northern Colorado Press. Steve orchestrated and arranged the musical Ella: The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald. He has recently returned to North Carolina from living in New York City on research assignment.
Jimmy Cobb (born 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 (for three and a half years), Cannonball Adderley, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1958 he replaced Philly Joe Jones in Miles Davis' group, 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, Nat Adderley, and Ricky Ford. 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 and earned a M.M. Jazz Studies Performance Degree in 1989. While studying at UNT, Rob performed in the world-renowned One O'Clock Lab Band, and can be heard on recordings from 1987-1989. 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 Bob Hurst.
David Lown (saxophone) is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he 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. He was also the winner of the 2002 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz competition. Lown then worked actively in New York City for several years, performing with the Dave Liebman Big Band, Bill Warfield's New York Fusion Ensemble 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, Houston Person, and Harold Vick. He has also been a long-standing arranger for Miles Davis' late legendary producer Teo Macero. He can be heard weekly at Smoke, the Jazz Standard, and St. Nick's pub in New York City.
Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York City, November 6&7, 2007
Engineered mixed & mastered by Rob "Wacko" Hunter
Photography and graphic design by Stacey Haines