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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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  • Kevin Hays, Ben Street, Billy Hart | “All Things Are” | Available June 4 via Smoke Sessions Records - Kevin Hays, Ben Street, and Billy Hart Collaborate on Strikingly Telepathic Performances, Which Resonate Profoundly After Months of Pandemic-Induced Isolation  All Things Are, Available June 4 via Smoke Sessions Records  Recorded in December 2020 at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club to Commemorate Billy Hart’s 80th Birthday On June 4th, Smoke Sessions Records proudly releases All Things Are, a collaborative…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Greg Skaff | “Polaris” | SMK Jazz (Smoke Sessions Records) - AVAILABLE NOW via SMK Jazz Guitarist Greg Skaff Enlists Jazz Royalty Ron Carter and Albert “Tootie” Heath for His First Ever Guitar/Bass/Drums Trio Album, Polaris Album Reunites the Legendary Bassist and Drummer for First Time in Decades on Joyously Swinging Session Fans of Greg Skaff may know him as one of modern jazz’s premier organ jazz guitarists through…
  • Vincent Herring | “Preaching to the Choir” | Available April 30 Smoke Sessions Records - Saxophonist Vincent Herring Battles Back From Bout with Coronavirus and Career-Threatening Side Effects with Optimistic New Album   Preaching to the Choir, Due Out April 30, 2021 via Smoke Sessions Records   Album Finds Hope in Face of Pandemics and Politics with Swinging Help from Cyrus Chestnut, Yasushi Nakamura and Johnathan Blake Herring To Perform Album…
  • Greg Skaff | “Polaris” | Available March 19 via SMK Jazz (Smoke Sessions Records) - Guitarist Greg Skaff Enlists Jazz Royalty Ron Carter and Albert “Tootie” Heath for His First Ever Guitar/Bass/Drums Trio Album Polaris, Due Out March 19 via SMK Jazz Album Reunites the Legendary Bassist and Drummer for First Time in Decades on Joyously Swinging Session   Fans of Greg Skaff may know him as one of modern jazz’s premier…
  • Smoke Sessions Records Celebrates Great Artistry in 2020 - Smoke Sessions Records Celebrates Great Artistry in 2020 with Releases by Late Harold Mabern, Wayne Escoffery, Orrin Evans Captain Black Big Band, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Joe Farnsworth, Peter Bernstein, and Eric Reed 2021 Kicks Off with Albums From Greg Skaff with Ron Carter and Tootie Heath; Vincent Herring with Cyrus Chestnut, Johnathan Blake, Yasushi Nakamura…
  • AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY: Eric Reed | “For Such A Time As This” | Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY on Smoke Sessions Records: Pianist Eric Reed Delivers Deeply Personal Album, For Such a Time as This  Written and Recorded in L.A. During the Summer of 2020, Reed Delivers a Powerful and Uplifting Program Against the Backdrop of a Global Pandemic, Racial Injustice, and an Anxious Election Year For more than three decades…
  • AVAILABLE NOW + EPK: Peter Bernstein | “What Comes Next” | Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records:   Guitarist Peter Bernstein Emerges From Quarantine With a New Album, What Comes Next, That Looks Hopefully Forward in Spite of an Uncertain Future   Features Sullivan Fortner, Peter Washington, and Joe Farnsworth   Scintillating Originals, Reimagined Standards, and a Previously Unrecorded Sonny Rollins Composition The title of What Comes Next, the…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Joe Farnsworth | “Time to Swing” | Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records Joe Farnsworth Brings Together an All-Star Quartet  for Time To Swing, the Renowned Drummer’s Debut  Release for Smoke Sessions Records  Time To Swing Reunites the Drummer with Jazz Icon Wynton Marsalis, Along With Legendary Pianist Kenny Barron  and Consummate Bassist Peter Washington  Album Release Live-Stream from Smoke Jazz & Supper Club…
  • Peter Bernstein | “What Comes Next” | Available October 16 via Smoke Sessions Records - Guitarist Peter Bernstein Emerges From Quarantine With a New Album, What Comes Next, That Looks Hopefully Forward in Spite of an Uncertain Future Due Out October 16 via Smoke Sessions Records: Features Sullivan Fortner, Peter Washington, and Joe Farnsworth Scintillating Originals, Reimagined Standards, and a Previously Unrecorded Sonny Rollins Composition Peter Bernstein, Sullivan Fortner, Peter…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Eddie Henderson | “Shuffle and Deal” | Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW on Smoke Sessions Records: Trumpet Great Eddie Henderson Turns up a Winning Hand with a Brilliant All-Star Quintet featuring Kenny Barron, Donald Harrison, Gerald Cannon and Mike Clark  Released on the Eve of Henderson’s 80th Birthday, Shuffle and Deal Balances Blistering Bop with Exquisite Ballads It’s never been wise to bet against Eddie…

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