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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tenorist George Coleman has a long legacy that stretches back decades in jazz – but here, he slides into a setting that most folks would associate with the work of saxophonist Eric Alexander – a quartet that features Harold Mabern on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trombonist Steve Davis blows here with the Correlations Sextet – a group we might be hearing for the first time, and who add just another mighty feather to Steve's already-stuffed cap! Davis has really taken off in the past decade or so – always a strong trombonist, but now and equally- ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band —
Presence ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2018. New Copy ...
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Vincent Herring/Bobby Watson/Gary Bartz —
Bird At 100 ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy ...
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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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt Elling —
Afro Blue ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ...
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 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really unique album from trumpeter Nicholas Payton – a musician who's given us plenty of major label records over the years, but who really sounds different here in a stripped-down set for the Smoke Sessions label! The album's just a trio date – with the sublime rhythm duo of Peter ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really great work from pianist Eric Reed – a musician who's been recording for years, but who feels here as if he's unlocked a whole new creative side of his personality! The album's got a number of strengths that stand out right away – firstly in that Reed plays both piano and Fender ... (Jazz) read moreCD