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by Paul Smoker

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Landings 07:42
Ethereal I 05:57
Puckish 09:53


Full track-list:
1. Landings
2. Ethereal I
3. Evan's Room
4. Ethereal II
5. Puckish
6. Tenderly
7. See How They Run

"…the guitar sets the trumpet remarkably well, and Smoker is always up to something interesting. A-" — Tom Hull (www.tomhull.com)

"I loved this band's "Cool Lives" tremendously, especially its modern take on jazz without relinquishing tradition, amplified by its often adventurous openness to structural development of the themes… The playing is as good as on the previous album, the overall tone remains intense and precise…" — Stef, The Free Jazz Blog. www.freejazzblog.org/2014/04/paul-smoker-and-phil-haynes.html


released January 9, 2014

Paul Smoker: trumpet
Steve Salerno: guitar
Drew Gress: bass
Phil Haynes: drums

All compositions by Paul Smoker (Anjas Music, BMI) except "Tenderly" by Walter Gross & Jack Lawrence (Edwin H. Morris/MPL Music Publishing, ASCAP).

Recorded by Jon Rosenberg July 15, 2012 at The Lovin' Cup, Rochester, NY (Ethereal I); & July 16, 2012 at The Campus Theater, Lewisburg, PA. Produced by Phil Haynes; Executive producer: Paul Smoker. Edited & mixed by Jon & Phil. Mastering by Jon.

Cover photo by Beverly Smoker. Group photo by Jim Yanda. Fingers and valves by Tom Kohn. Music scan by Paul Smoker. Album design/artwork by Elliott Kirby.

Thanks to Beverly Smoker for her love & companionship, constant support and sustenance, and being my best friend. Tom Kohn at the Bop Shop for his love of the music & his friendship. Steve, Drew, & Phil for such wonderful music & hangs. Phil & Jon for their post-concert ears. Son Andrew, Allison, granddaughter Addison, son Evan, Megan, & brother Phil, Libby. And all the folks at the Nazareth College Department of Music.


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Paul Smoker Rochester, New York

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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