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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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  • AVAILABLE NOW: “Ice on the Hudson” | Songs by Renee Rosnes & David Hajdu | SMK Jazz - Available Now via SMK Jazz Pianist/Composer Renee Rosnes and Author/Lyricist David Hajdu Release First Album of Songwriting Collaborations, Ice on the Hudson Album Release Performance Tonight at NYC’s Birdland Ice on the Hudson features vocalists René Marie, Janis Siegel, Darius de Haas and Karen Oberlin and an all-star ensemble interpreting diverse songs about the emotional complexities…
  • Harold Mabern | “The Iron Man: Live at Smoke | Available November 23 via Smoke Sessions Records - Jazz Master Harold Mabern Swings Through an Extraordinary Life in Music During One Memorable Night On Stage at Smoke The Iron Man: Live at Smoke Flashes Back to Favorite Songs From the Pianist’s Renowned Career Double Disc Set Available November 23 on Smoke Sessions Records   Release Performances December 17 – January 6 at New…
  • David Hazeltine | “The Time is Now” | Available October 26 via Smoke Sessions Records - Pianist/Composer David Hazeltine Brings a Long-Held Dream to Fruition with Two Fellow Jazz Masters, Bassist Ron Carter and Drummer Al Foster The Time Is Now, Due Out October 26 on Smoke Sessions Records   We all have it: that nagging list of things we’ve been meaning to get to, projects we’ve been thinking about for…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Steve Turre’s “The Very Thought of You” via Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records: Virtuoso Trombonist Steve Turre Displays Brilliant Artistry with Heartfelt Ballads on New Release, The Very Thought of You Available on Double Vinyl LP, Deluxe 8-Panel Gatefold CD Digipak, and Hi-Res Download    Album Features Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Willie Jones III, and Special Guests George Coleman and Russell Malone,…
  • Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band | “Presence” | Available September 21 via Smoke Sessions Records - Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band Returns with Raucous Live Recording, Presence   Long-running Ensemble, Led by The Bad Plus’ New Pianist, Creates Family Vibe Onstage in Philadelphia For Third Album Available September 21 via Smoke Sessions The influence of the late playwright and educator Donald Evans has always loomed large over the…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Buster Williams | “Audacity” | Smoke Sessions Records - Iconic Bassist Buster Williams Marks New Chapter in His Career After Decade Long Studio Hiatus with Audacity Available Now 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 Wilson…
  • 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…

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