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✨✧ Jimmy CobbThis I Dig Of You ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Jimmy Cobb has been in many great groups over the decade – and here, he's leading one of his own – a rock-solid quartet that features piano from Harold Mabern, bass from John Webber, and some especially nice guitar from Peter Bernstein! Bernstein's voice is right out front on ... read more CD

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Steve DavisBluesthetic ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2022. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99 On May 27, 2022
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✨✧ Orrin EvansLiberation Blues ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful session from pianist Orrin Evans – one of the most richly talented players of his generation – always great, no matter what the setting! We've recently dug Evans in trio and larger group formats – but this set's got him cooking strongly with a quintet – a tight ... read more CD

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Orrin EvansMagic Of Now ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
Any record from pianist Orrin Evans is worth of attention – but this set might be worthy of a bit more, given that it features some really beautiful work from alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins – a player who's a perfect accompaniment for all the great ideas that Evans brings to his ... read more CD

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✨✧ Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big BandIntangible Between ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Orrin Evans is a hell of a pianist, but he's also a hell of a bandleader too – stepping out here with his excellent Captain Black Big Band – an always-great unit that shows off a whole new dimension of Evans' mighty talents! The music is rich and bold right from the start – and ... read more CD

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Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big BandPresence ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
We love the music of pianist Orrin Evans in many different ways – but we especially love the sounds he makes with his Captain Black Big Band – a really tremendous ensemble that seems to unlock a whole new dynamic energy in his performance! The group here is heavy on horns – two ... read more CD

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Joe FarnsworthCity Of Sounds ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A rock-solid trio set from the great drummer Joe Farnsworth – one that draws every bit as much of its strength from the piano of Kenny Barron and bass of Peter Washington – both players who work together with Joe on a set of tunes that feel effortless, but which are filled with complex ... read more CD

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✨✧ Joe FarnsworthTime To Swing ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rock-solid work from a rock-solid drummer – the mighty Joe Farnsworth, working here with a core trio that includes Kenny Barron on piano and Peter Washington on bass, plus guest trumpet from Wynton Marsalis on four of the album's ten tracks! The Marsalis presence is nice, but we almost like ... read more CD

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✨✧ Al FosterInspirations & Dedications ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little session from drummer Al Foster – a musician who's name doesn't always show up on records as a leader, but which always gets our attention when it does! And this time around, Foster definitely lives up to that attention – as he delivers a set that's crackling with tight, ... read more CD

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✨✧ Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill StewartPerpetual Pendulum ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2022. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The sense of movement in the album's title is really well-put – as organist Larry Goldings has this effortless way of running up and down the keys of his instrument, and the bass pedals too – spinning things out in a really freewheeling style that's caught fire by the guitar of Peter ... read more CD

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Kevin Hays/Ben Street/Billy HartAll Things Are ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
Pianist Kevin Hays is the ersatz leader here, and also wrote almost all the tracks – but the set's a very well-rounded effort from every member of the trio, thanks to fantastic contributions from Ben Street on bass and Billy Hart on drums! There's a way that the bass rolls around the drums ... read more CD

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✨✧ Eddie HendersonCollective Portrait ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully fluid work from the great Eddie Henderson – a record that's wrapped up in that beautiful glow and searching, soulful energy that only seems to get better and better over the years! The record's got some great partners on board – including George Cables on piano and some ... read more CD

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✨✧ Eddie HendersonShuffle & Deal ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A crackling sharp album from trumpeter Eddie Henderson – a set that's got Eddie blowing in some of the more swinging, soulful sides of his spectrum – with support from an excellent group who really keep things moving! There's a tight rhythm trio at the core – Kenny Barron on ... read more CD

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Vincent HerringPreaching To The Choir ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
Vincent Herring can certainly preach with his horn – a deeply soulful version of alto sax that gets plenty of room to open up and speak its message here – working through a set of long, lovely tracks with really great support! The group's a quartet – with Cyrus Chestnut on piano, ... read more CD

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Vincent Herring/Bobby Watson/Gary BartzBird At 100 ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
A tribute to the music of Charlie Parker – but a set that sparkles more from the individual inspiration of the three alto giants in the lead – a great lineup that features Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, and Vincent Herring! The tracks are long, with great lead passages that have all three ... read more CD

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Javon JacksonExpressions ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2014. Used ... $9.99
One of the best Javon Jackson albums we've heard in years – a great live session that really gets back to basics, and reminds what a hell of a soloist Jackson is on tenor! The group's got a sharp, soulful feel right from the start – thanks to wonderful piano from Orrin Evans, who ... read more CD

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✨✧ Harold MabernIron Man – Live At Smoke ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy 2CDs ... $16.99 18.99
Pianist Harold Mabern works here with a trio of players who really helped him find new focus and energy in later years – the great Eric Alexander on tenor, with John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a rock-solid lineup who really take off here in a live date from New York's ... read more CD

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Harold MabernMabern Plays Coltrane ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
One of the most soulful records we've heard in years from the late pianist Harold Mabern – and that's saying a hell of a lot, as Harold gave us plenty of soulful sets during his many years on the planet! The record is as fantastic as you might guess from the title – as Mabern takes on ... read more CD

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Harold MabernMabern Plays Mabern ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and ... read more CD

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Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt EllingAfro Blue ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm ... read more CD

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Nicholas PaytonSmoke Sessions ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Nicholas Payton shines in two different ways here – blowing trumpet, and handling piano and Fender Rhodes – often overdubbed, but with a unified sound that makes the album sound wonderful throughout! Part of the strength of the set is the rhythm backing – as Payton works with ... read more CD

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Renee RosnesKinds Of Love ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
Bold, beautiful work from pianist Renee Rosnes – a player who's already been great for many decades, but who really seems to be unlocking new qualities in her music – and a record like this is definitely a piece of that trend! There's a richness of sound on the piano that's always ... read more CD

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Renee RosnesWritten In The Rocks ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from pianist Renee Rosnes in a long time – a set that features Rosnes working at the head of a very hip quintet with Steve Nelson on vibes and Steve Wilson on alto, flute, and soprano sax! Both of the Steves really open up the sound here – ... read more CD

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Greg SkaffPolaris ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
A sweet trio set from guitarist Greg Skaff – set up here with the greats Ron Carter on bass and Tootie Heath on drums! Greg's often heard in a fuller setting – including records with a Hammond B3 in the mix – but this record showcases his cleaner, leaner sounds – a great ... read more CD
Also available Polaris ... CD 9.99

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Greg SkaffPolaris ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2021. Used ... $9.99
A sweet trio set from guitarist Greg Skaff – set up here with the greats Ron Carter on bass and Tootie Heath on drums! Greg's often heard in a fuller setting – including records with a Hammond B3 in the mix – but this record showcases his cleaner, leaner sounds – a great ... read more CD
Also available Polaris ... CD 13.99

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Bobby WatsonKeepin It Real ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 17.99
Bobby Watson's always keeping it real in our book – as the alto saxophonist maybe hasn't made a bad record ever, and has continued to turn out the sort of fantastic music we loved right when he was an up-and-comer in an 80s version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers! Here, Bobby's working with ... read more CD
 
 



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