Thursday, December 3, 2015

USA: Smoke Sessions Records Celebrates Sophomore Year with Seven Critically Acclaimed Releases

Smoke Sessions Records Celebrates Sophomore Year
with Seven Critically Acclaimed Releases

Eddie Henderson · Collective Portrait
Release Date: February 15, 2015

"Henderson kept his ironclad composure, whether he was charging through
his post-bop cadences or tracing a more delicate melodic arc." - The New York Times

"...effortless swing, an offhand blues feeling, a fat, juicy tone and a lovely,
warm lower register and a gift for spinning an improvised tale." - NPR "Fresh Air"


Steve Turre · Spiritman
Release Date: March 10, 2015

"...he offers a little of everything on a top-notch effort that
also features a top-shelf band." - iTunes

"It's always a good sign when a studio disc has the unbuttoned verve of a live album.
From the first spin on, 'Spiritman' conjures that vibe." - DownBeat


Harold Mabern · Afro Blue
Release Date: April 14, 2015

"Mabern's soulful, blues-driven style is the constant highlight." - WBGO

"At age 78 he remains a sterling vocal accompanist, as demonstrated across this album
featuring five of the finest singers around: Kurt Elling, Gregory Porter,
Jane Monheit, Norah Jones and Alexis Cole." - JazzTimes


Vincent Herring · Night and Day
Release Date: May 12, 2015

"When it comes to melodic improvisation in hard bop, alto saxophonist
Vincent Herring is as good as it gets." - WBGO

"Herring helms a tight, bounding, hard-swinging quintet here that barely stops for a
reflective breath or leaves anything not to like....Contemporary bop at it best." - DownBeat


Steve Davis · Say When
Release Date: June 9, 2015

"This deeply felt set is steeped in history." - DownBeat

"Say When honors a legend not simply by playing some of his
original music and some tunes associated with him,
but by doing what he did, playing some great jazz." - BlogCritics


Heads of State · Search for Peace
Release Date: July 17, 2015

"The cumulative wisdom and experience of this all-star collective...simmers
well throughout the band's debut album" - The New York Times

"A collective consciousness oozes from these tracks, echoes of the giants with whom
they apprenticed, including Tyner, Miles, Monk, Jackie McLean and
Sonny Rollins, among others." - JazzTimes


Orrin Evans · The Evolution of Oneself
Release Date: September 11, 2015

"Orrin Evans has lately been on a hot streak, advancing a pugnacious
and exploratory brand of post-bop. 'The Evolution of Oneself'
deepens this agenda..." - The New York Times

"This is a recording of an artist peaking at one of life's milestones:
Evans turned 40 in March, and he has never sounded better." - DownBeat

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