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After surviving for almost 15 years in the white-knuckle world of running a New York City jazz club, Smoke co-owners Frank Christopher and Paul Stache decided that they were up for yet another daunting challenge, starting a jazz record label. Awed and inspired over the years by the music all around them, it was their dream to document and share it beyond the limited seats of the club. In the spring of 2013, they quit dreaming and instead recruited their friend Damon Smith to help turn the dream into a reality, Smoke Sessions Records.

The label’s initial focus is on the music and musicians associated with the club. Guided by the golden age of independent jazz labels like Blue Note, Prestige, and Riverside, Smoke Sessions’ ambitious plans are to release 10 to 20 new titles annually with 9 scheduled (one per month) through September 2014 and another full slate arriving starting again in January 2015. The first four titles are Harold Mabern‘s Right on Time (available now), Vincent Herring‘s The Uptown Shuffle (available now), Javon Jackson’s Expression (available now) and David Hazeltine‘s For All We Know (available April 8). Also arriving in 2014 are new titles from Louis Hayes, Jimmy Cobb, Cyrus Chestnut, Orrin Evans, and Eric Reed. Initially, the label planned to record live performances at Smoke exclusively, but future titles starting this year will also include studio sessions.

All Smoke Sessions releases are produced using vintage techniques and audio paths – i.e.; Rupert Neve-designed mixing consoles (Amek-Angela), Studer mastering decks, and Manley tube equalization – in combination with modern high definition recording techniques. Label co-founder Stache records the sessions then works closely with GRAMMY® Award-winner Roman Klun to mix and master them. Each releases features original photography by Jimmy Katz, as well as an original 2,000-word artist interview. The limited edition 200-gram audiophile collection was mastered for vinyl by celebrated engineer Kevin Gray and includes a classic “tip-on style” gatefold record jacket. Smoke Sessions titles are available on deluxe compact disc albums and as high resolution digital downloads; a 200gram audiophile vinyl compilation celebrating the first four releases is also available.

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  • Steve Turre | “The Very Thought Of You” | Available August 24 via Smoke Sessions Records - Virtuoso Trombonist Steve Turre Displays Brilliant Artistry with Heartfelt Ballads on New Release, The Very Thought of You Available August 24 via Smoke Sessions Records on Double Vinyl LP, Deluxe 8-Panel Gatefold CD Digipak, and Hi-Res Download The thought of Steve Turre inevitably conjures the image of a dauntless virtuoso. Over the course of a…
  • Saxophonist Vincent Herring Announces Tour in Support of “Hard Times” - Saxophonist Vincent Herring Announces Tour in Support of Latest Album, Hard Times Tour to Feature Dave Kikoski, Yasushi Nakamura, and Carl Allen There’s no avoiding the hard times. Every human being that’s walked this Earth has had his or her share of the blues, from the personal to the political, the local to the global.…
  • Buster Williams | “Audacity” | Available June 15 via Smoke Sessions Records - Iconic Bassist Buster Williams Marks New Chapter in His Career After Decade Long Studio Hiatus with Audacity Available June 15 on LP, CD, and Digital Formats Album Features Steve Wilson, George Colligan, and Lenny White Audacity. It’s a word that seems ideally suited to the bold and intrepid bassist Buster Williams. Whether supplying eminently tasteful but strong-as-steel backing for singers like Nancy…
  • Renee Rosnes | “Beloved of the Sky” | April 6 on Smoke Sessions Records - Pianist Renee Rosnes Takes Inspiration from Painter Emily Carr for New Release, Beloved of the Sky   Available on Double Vinyl LP, Deluxe 8-Panel Gatefold CD Digipak, and Hi-Res Download: April 6 via Smoke Sessions Records, Preorders Available February 9   Album Features Chris Potter, Steve Nelson, Peter Washington, and Lenny White Release Performances June…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Vincent Herring – “Hard Times” – Smoke Sessions Records - Saxophonist Vincent Herring Soothes Modern Day Turbulence on Hard Times – Available November 3 on Smoke Sessions Records There’s no avoiding the hard times. Every human being that’s walked this Earth has had his or her share of the blues, from the personal to the political, the local to the global. But with another ominous…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Johnny O’Neal – “In The Moment” – Smoke Sessions Records - While every great jazz musician knows the value of spontaneity, few understand the true value of being in the moment quite like Johnny O’Neal. A rising star in the early 1980s, O’Neal left New York after a mugging in 1986. Performing and recording in Atlanta, St. Louis, Montreal and his native Detroit, he experienced another…
  • Vincent Herring – “Hard Times” – Available November 3 - There’s no avoiding the hard times. Every human being that’s walked this Earth has had his or her share of the blues, from the personal to the political, the local to the global. But with another ominous headline coming every day, with news alerts constantly erupting from our various devices, with social media facilitating vitriolic…
  • Johnny O’Neal – “In The Moment” – Available October 6 - While every great jazz musician knows the value of spontaneity, few understand the true value of being in the moment quite like Johnny O’Neal. A rising star in the early 1980s, O’Neal left New York after a mugging in 1986. Performing and recording in Atlanta, St. Louis, Montreal and his native Detroit, he experienced another setback…
  • Harold Mabern – “To Love and Be Loved” – Available August 25 - “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn,” Eden Ahbez wrote in “Nature Boy,” his classic song, “is just to love and be loved in return.” That may not be something that pianist Harold Mabern has taught in the classroom during his decades as an influential educator, but it’s certainly a lesson that he’s passed on time and again…
  • Peter Bernstein – “Signs LIVE!” – Available July 28 - A record release party two decades in the making, Signs LIVE! reunites the four master musicians who came together 20 years earlier to record the acclaimed Signs of Life, the second album by guitar-great Peter Bernstein. Recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the album captures the long-awaited live debut of Bernstein’s once-in-a-lifetime quartet featuring pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride,…

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