Albums Featuring - Paul Smoker
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Signs Of The TimesBurton Greene (Piano), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Russ Nolan (Saxophone), George Schuller (Drums)This is Volume One of the results of a 3-day recording project devoted to the artistry of Burton Greene. This first set features Burton's music as played by a quintet (the following sessions are trio and solo) that handles some difficult charts with ease and improvisations with inspiration. Unique and identifiable, this is the first documentation of a notable occasion from a veteran artist at the top of his form. Recorded Aug. 16, 2005. Fo(u)r Being(s)Adam Lane (Bass), John Tchicai (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Barry Altschul (Drums)This is bassist Adam Lane's third release. His first 2 offered a thunderous view of his writing/arranging work for larger groups. Again, the listener is treated to Adam Lane's compositional abilities, and, in addition, is better able to hear his instrumental abilities, well-exposed over the 6 tracks. In this all-star company there's no place to hide and Adam proves he's up to the company he keeps. ComPOsedLou Grassi (Drums), John Tchicai (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Art Baron (Trombone), Perry Robinson (Clarinet), Wilber Morris (Bass)The latest from Lou Grassi's PoBand. This time the guest artist is John Tchicai. This concert by the PoBand is unique for a number of reasons (besides the always-fresh improvisations and presence of guest John Tchicai) in that, for the first time it deals with a compositional framework; Art Baron joins the band; and, sadly, this was the late Wilber Morris' last outing with the band that he helped establish in 1995. Thankfully, Wilber's spirit and voice (instrumentally and vocally) is well represented on the date. Eight wondrous cuts. ExposedFred Hess (Tenor Saxophone), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Ken Filiano (Bass), Damon Short (Drums)Noted for establishing the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble in the mid-80's, composer, arranger, and tenor saxman Fred Hess takes a rare excursion outside of that role to expose his compositions and sax in a dynamic quartet. If Mr. Hess' previous activities have missed your attention, this release should put him in your sights. It's one of his best (we might even immodestly suggest that it is his best) to date. Recorded June 11 & 12, 2001. Canticles for the New MillenniumJay Rosen (Drums), Vinny Golia (Clarinet), Paul Smoker (Trumpet), Mark Whitecage (Moosecall)Jay Rosen, sensitive and dynamic drummer on many fine CIMP sessions, steps out for his debut as a leader and it's impressive. Leading a bassless quartet made up of some of today's most dymnamic players, he not only lifts and drives some intense music but manages to integrate his dynamics in both a supportive and take-charge way. Rosen with Golia, Smoker, and Whitecage: a gutsy move with wondrous results. Recorded Sept. 1 & 2, 1999.