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Steve Haines: And the Third Floor Orchestra

Read "And the Third Floor Orchestra" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In the Fifties and Sixties it was very common to have jazz recordings that would feature a vocal or instrumental soloist like Ella Fitzgerald or Stan Getz in front of a full orchestra. That still happens today but nowhere as frequently as it once did. Bassist and composer Steve Haines revives that tradition with an amazing session that sets vocalist Becca Stevens, saxophonist Chad Eby and pianist Joey Calderazzo against the warm, surging sounds of a string-laden full orchestra.

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Steve Haines: And the Third Floor Orchestra

Read "And the Third Floor Orchestra" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is by and large lovely music, to be sure, but to paraphrase a Burger King ad from years gone by, “Where's the jazz?" Aside from a handful of perfunctory solos by soprano saxophonist Chad Eby and pianist Joey Calderazzo, there isn't much here. Instead, composer / arranger Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra canvass the sort of rarefied landscapes reminiscent of “music to (fill in the blank) to" by such moonlit mid-twentieth century maestros as Percy Faith, Mantovani, ...

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Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom

Read "Stickadiboom" reviewed by Larry Reni Thomas

Bassist Steve Haines Quintet 's impressive Stickadiboom is a thought-provoking, energetic, excellently composed and arranged, modern jazz album. Haines, a Canadian transplant who directs the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at Greensboro's University of North Carolina, lived in New York City during a research assignment, playing, hanging out and immersing himself in the jazz scene, where he met legendary drummer, Jimmy Cobb, who is featured on six of the eight selections. Cobb's exceptionally steady and sturdy drum work keeps ...

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Steve Haines Quintet: Beginner's Mind

Read "Beginner's Mind" reviewed by Ken Hohman

Do bass players make better jazz records? Back in 2000, the under-rated bassist John Goldsby released Viewpoint, and I haven't stopped listening to it since. There's no denying the consistent glories of William Parker's recent run on record. And for the past year Dave Holland has been redefining the way a big band can sound, making brilliant music in the process. Now comes a remarkable debut from North Carolina double bassist and composer Steve Haines... perhaps one of the finest ...


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