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Cool Lives

by Paul Smoker

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Evan's Room 06:09
Kami Sue 08:23
The LVAD 05:16


Full track listing:

1. Goodbye, David I
2. Evan's Room
3. Kami Sue
4. The LVAD
5. See How They Run
6. Elegy (For Lester Bowie)
7. By Myself
8. Goodbye, David II

"Take this fantastic albums by three technical wizards : Paul Smoker on trumpet, Steve Salerno on guitar and Phil Haynes on drums. All three musicians have extensive track records, are as comfortable in classical as in traditional jazz as in free form, have a great warm tone, an adventurous spirit and an incredible sense of pulse.

Put them together - and they have played before - on various CIMP albums, but not as a trio, and you get this little gem. It starts like cool jazz - and the iconic reference to Chet Baker on the cover picture is no coincidence, but what they do with is something else - it swings, it sings, it chills and it pops. The trio move boundaries throughout, changing jazz styles as they see fit, pushing the tradition into unheard areas, without actually losing the connection. And on top of it all ... the three musicians have great fun (despite their cool).

If free jazz ever sounded cool, here is your treat ... don't miss it! Enjoyable from the very first to the very last second."
—Stef, www.freejazzblog.org


released January 9, 2014

Paul Smoker, trumpet
Steve Salerno, guitar
Phil Haynes, drums

All compositions by Paul Smoker (Anjas Music, BMI) except "By Myself" by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz (Warner Chapell, ASCAP)

Recorded in concert by Jon Rosenberg. Bucknell Hall, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. April 27, 2011. Edited & mixed by Phil Haynes, Steve Salerno, and Jon Rosenberg. Mastering: Jon Rosenberg. Produced by Phil Haynes and Steve Salerno. Executive producer: Paul Smoker. Album Artwork: Elliott Kirby. Cover photo by Ken Huth & inside photo by Don Ver Ploeg.

Thanks to my wife Beverly for steadfast love and support; to Evan and Andrew for being there; to Dr. Joseph Delehanty, Dr. Todd Massey, Dana Shannon, Carla Akerelrea, and all the folks at Strong Memorial Hospital for superb medical knowledge and care; to Jimmie Jones for long-term faith and friendship; to Anthony Braxton for the swift kick back when; and to Steve, Phil, and Jon for their musicianship and dedication to this project.



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PAUL SMOKER: trumpet, composer, educator (1941-2016):
"What Paul Smoker produced on his horn was unheard of in these latitudes; his complete command of his instrument allowed him to play whatever extravaganza he would think of… To the widely discussed question about the future development of the jazz trumpet, [his] musical concept could definitely constitute a far-reaching answer." (Jazz Podium) ... more

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