(138) Nate Chinen, New York Times -- June 23, 2008

The bassist Todd Sickafoose builds grooves from the ground up, but
that's no impediment to the flow or buoyancy of his music. "Tiny
Resistors," his third and strongest album as a leader, features a
number of tunes in which multiple horn parts and guitar lines swirl
around a tonal center, and over a calmly asymmetrical pulse. "Cloud of
Dust," the title of one, feels appropriate; so too does "Invisible
Ink, Revealed."

Mr. Sickafoose has serious training in jazz, and there are more than
enough intelligent solo flashes on the album to place it on a
progressive post-bop axis. But he's also a rock musician, best known
to many fans as a longtime confrere to Ani DiFranco (who appears
briefly and unobtrusively here). As a composer he favors a
straightforward rhythmic thrust and deceptively simple melodies; the
most intricate developments tend to occur in a hazy middle register,
where layered chords agglomerate and shift.

Crucial to this balance is the rapport of a working band, cultivated
within the eclectic Brooklyn scene. Some individual playing stands out
- the trombonist Alan Ferber and the guitarist Mike Gamble both
distinguish themselves - but nothing outshines the collective sound.
Obviously Mr. Sickafoose, who augments his bass playing with assorted
work on keyboard and mallet-percussion instruments, has a band
identity in mind here. He achieves it with a rigorously focused
imagination, and with no apparent strain. - by Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen
New York Times
June 23, 2008