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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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  • Al Foster | “Reflections” | Available August 26 via Smoke Sessions Records - Legendary Drummer Al Foster Reflects on a Lifetime of Encounters with Jazz Icons from Miles and Monk to Herbie and McCoy Reflections Features an All-Star Quintet with Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Kevin Hays and Vicente Archer   Available August 26 via Smoke Sessions Records Album Release Performances at Smoke Jazz Club, Plus Global Livestream: Thursday, September 1…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart | “Perpetual Pendulum” | Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records   Organist Larry Goldings, Guitarist Peter Bernstein and Drummer Bill Stewart Release New Album Celebrating More Than Three Decades as a Trio: Perpetual Pendulum   Album Homecoming for the Band, Born at Smoke Jazz Club Predecessor Augie’s Perpetual motion has been dismissed as an impossibility by scientists, but perhaps they…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Nicholas Payton | “Smoke Sessions (Remixed)” | Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records   Innovative Trumpeter, Keyboardist and Composer Nicholas Payton Transforms the Music from Latest All-Acoustic Trio Album on New Remix EP, Smoke Sessions (Remixed)   EP Features Genre-Blending Remixes by Karriem Riggins and Tomoki Sanders and Special Guest Isaiah Sharkey   Though it’s never simple (or advisable) to pin Nicholas Payton down…
  • Steve Davis | “Bluesthetic” | Available May 27 via Smoke Sessions Records - Master Trombonist Steve Davis Assembles Remarkable Sextet with a Three-Decade Shared History on New Album, Bluesthetic   Album Features Peter Bernstein, Steve Nelson, Geoffrey Keezer, Christian McBride, and Willie Jones III Due Out May 27 from Smoke Sessions Records On each of his three previous releases for Smoke Sessions Records, trombonist Steve Davis assembled a stellar sextet featuring some…
  • REMINDER: Nicholas Payton | “Smoke Sessions (Remixed)” | Available March 8 via Smoke Sessions Records - Innovative Trumpeter, Keyboardist and Composer Nicholas Payton Transforms the Music from Latest All-Acoustic Trio Album on New Remix EP   Smoke Sessions (Remixed) Due Out March 8, 2022 via Smoke Sessions Records EP Features Genre-Blending Remixes by Karriem Riggins and Tomoki Sanders and Special Guest Isaiah Sharkey   Though it’s never simple (or advisable) to pin Nicholas…
  • Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart | “Perpetual Pendulum” | Available March 25 via Smoke Sessions Records - Organist Larry Goldings, Guitarist Peter Bernstein and Drummer Bill Stewart Release New Album, Celebrating More Than Three Decades as a Trio   Perpetual Pendulum Due Out March 25, 2022 via Smoke Sessions Records   Album Marks Homecoming for the Trio, Born at Smoke Jazz Club Predecessor Augie’s Perpetual motion has been dismissed as an impossibility by…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Harold Mabern | “Mabern Plays Coltrane” | Smoke Sessions Records - Smoke Sessions Records Releases Vibrant Recording of the Late, Great Harold Mabern Performing the Music of John Coltrane   Mabern Plays Coltrane, Available Now via Smoke Sessions Records Album Features All-Star Sextet Including Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth Mabern’s Family Contributes to Release with Liner Notes from Son Michael…
  • AVAILABLE NOW: Joe Farnsworth | “City of Sounds” | Smoke Sessions Records - AVAILABLE NOW via Smoke Sessions Records Drummer Joe Farnsworth Celebrates the Fortitude of New York City’s Jazz Community with Second Release for Smoke Sessions Records   City of Sounds Features Kenny Barron and Peter Washington Prior to the events of 2020, it may have been easy to take New York City’s thriving and diverse music scene…
  • Harold Mabern | “Mabern Plays Coltrane” | Available December 3 via Smoke Sessions Records - Smoke Sessions Records to Release Vibrant Recording of the Late, Great Harold Mabern Performing the Music of John Coltrane   Mabern Plays Coltrane, Due Out December 3, Features All-Star Sextet Including Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth Mabern’s Family Contributes to Release with Liner Notes from Son Michael Mabern and…
  • Nicholas Payton | “Smoke Sessions” | Available October 29, 2021 via Smoke Sessions Records - Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer Nicholas Payton Realizes Long-Cherished Dream to Record with Iconic Bassist Ron Carter on Stunning New Album Album Features Longtime Collaborator Karriem Riggins and Special Guest Appearance by Legendary Saxophonist George Coleman   Smoke Sessions, Due Out October 29, 2021 via Smoke Sessions Records, Plus Four-Song Remix EP Forthcoming For a young Nicholas Payton,…

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