But despite the seeming stylistic schizophrenia, Sickafoose has no qualms about using that tired old jazz" tag. Of course it's a jazz band," he says. I'm trying to write music that has a lot of improvisation that we play in clubs for people listening and drinking. I guess that's jazz music."
Still, it's a modern concept of jazz, one with the narrative structure of pop songwriting. The word-painting titles of Sickafoose's tunes -- Invisible Ink, Revealed" or Pianos of the 9th Ward," for instance -- are reflected in the vivid imagery suggested by the music, an emergent quality that wrings new colors out of a combination of traditional jazz instrumentation, resonant indie-rock guitars and electronic effects.