In 2014, its first year, Smoke Sessions Records released nine titles recorded live at the Upper West Side club that gave the label its name. Now, with its first two releases of 2015, the fledgling label is setting up its recording equipment outside of its...
Electric Butter: A Big Band Tribute to Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi
It’s difficult from the vantage point of half a century to gauge just how important and inspirational the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was in the mid- to late ’60s. The integrated Chicago-based ensemble—in particular singer and harmonica ace Butterfield and...
Perhaps it’s because he didn’t record his first album until age 35 that pianist Greg Reitan’s music has projected a mature, fully formed sensibility since that debut in 2009. And perhaps it’s because he’s used the same trio on each, with Jack Daro on bass...
From Ray Charles’ band to beloved jazz educator
How Bob Belden brought an American jazz band to an appreciative Iran
Heart attack claims multi-faceted jazzman
Brought the label back from dormancy to its present glory
The “King of the Blues” performed an estimated 15,000 shows, influenced generations
Played with Lester Bowie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, others
When the American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba in the mid-’90s, he wasn’t even intending to assemble several local son musicians for a group recording. Circumstances led to the creation of the ad hoc collective henceforth known as Buena...
Encore carries forward the concept that Eberhard Weber brought to his 2012 Résumé release. At that time, unable to play bass anymore due to a stroke suffered in 2007, the German musician extracted a dozen solos he’d created while working in Jan Garbarek’s...
Also played with Chico Marx, Buddy Rich and others
In their jointly written “Artist’s Choice” column on Tootie Heath for JazzTimes , pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street spotlighted the diversity of the drummer’s sideman work, choosing a handful of recordings that illustrated Heath’s adaptability...
"A very cool concept" returns to the Met
Eclectic label gave artists complete artistic control
Nearly three minutes into the first of Take This ’ two interpretations of “Take Five,” pianist Jacky Terrasson, bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera and percussionist Adama Diarra abruptly stop playing. The sudden dead silence lasts...
About Jeff Tamarkin
Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008