By Jeff Trawick on May 15, 2009
Earlier today while I was trying to poke holes in the Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux builds of the upcoming GlassFish Web Stack 1.5 release and (hopefully) figuring out how to solve a mod_perl/mod_security2 clash, my wife had lunch with friends and brought back a newly released album from an area jazz band that includes our friend Thomas Taylor.
The album is Stickadiboom by the Steve Haines Quintet + Jimmy Cobb (yes, that Jimmy Cobb). This is quite an impressive work. Steve is a string bass player, and the composer of most of the songs on the album. He has some solos that I am enjoying a great deal; some stretches remind me of the work by Eddie Gomez on Chick Corea's Three Quartets album (alas, this is perhaps because I haven't heard that much memorable, melodic bass).
All these guys are in top form, and everything fits together perfectly. The band plays really tight on these songs; I expect that this is the nature of the compositions plus a great deal of sweat. (The songs themselves are quite memorable; I'm sure that other groups will be playing some of these in the future.) We saw Steve and Thomas with a different group of musicians recently, including a few walk ons; it came together after a fashion, and everyone had fun. But with this album we get to hear them in a totally different, serious setting. These are performances to be proud of.
If you like jazz, listen to the samples on the web!