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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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  • Nicholas Payton | “The Couch Sessions” | Available Now via Smoke Sessions Records - Visionary Multi-instrumentalist and Composer Nicholas Payton Provides a Vital Dose of Musical Therapy on The Couch Sessions Available Now on Smoke Sessions Records, the Trio Album Features the Dream Rhythm Section of Buster Williams and Lenny White, as Well as the Compositions and Sampled Voices of Masters Like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett and…
  • Steve Turre | “Generations” | Available Now via Smoke Sessions Records - Master Trombonist Steve Turre Bridges Generations of Jazz on His Fourth Smoke Sessions Release Generations Features Young Rising Stars and Jazz Masters, Paying Homage to Influential Elders Available Now via Smoke Sessions “Generations connects the past, present and future of jazz, and shows that Turre is an important part of each as he sustains and…
  • Nicholas Payton | “The Couch Sessions” | Available November 25 via Smoke Sessions Records - Visionary Multi-instrumentalist and Composer Nicholas Payton Provides a Vital Dose of Musical Therapy on The Couch Sessions Due Out November 25 on Smoke Sessions Records, the Trio Album Features the Dream Rhythm Section of Buster Williams and Lenny White, as Well as the Compositions and Sampled voices of Masters Like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Keith…
  • Al Foster | “Reflections” | Available Today 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 Today via Smoke Sessions Records   Album Release Performances at Smoke Jazz Club, Plus Global Livestream: Thursday, September…
  • Bobby Watson | “Back Home in Kansas City” | Available October 7 via Smoke Sessions Records - Saxophonist/Composer Bobby Watson Draws Inspiration from the Rich Jazz Heritage of His Kansas City Hometown on Spirited New Album Back Home in Kansas City is Due out October 7 on Smoke Sessions Records Featuring an All-Star Quintet with Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, Pianist Cyrus Chestnut, Bassist Curtis Lundy and Drummer Victor Jones, with a guest appearance…
  • Steve Turre | “Generations” | Available September 16 via Smoke Sessions Records - Master Trombonist Steve Turre Bridges Generations of Jazz on His Fourth Smoke Sessions Release Generations Features Young Rising Stars and Jazz Masters, Paying Homage to Influential Elders Available September 16 via Smoke Sessions Trombonist/composer Steve Turre was passed the jazz torch early in his career by some of the music’s greatest masters – Art Blakey,…
  • 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…

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