No Stock Options

by Paul Smoker/Damon Short Quintet

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    Complete 6-track album, plus a photograph of the band and of recording engineer David Baker.

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1. To The Quick (Smoker)
2. No Stock Options (Short)
3. Goodbye, David (Smoker)
4. Obsidian (Short)
5. Towers (Short)
6. Top of the Line (Smoker)

The last recording session by legendary engineer David Baker.

"… six lengthy tunes that start at the intersection of free bop and free improv and work their way outwards. At times the group weaves thematic materials together in concentrated fashion, while elsewhere they exult in a form-free pinwheeling in open space… From the opening duo featuring the co-leaders, this disc smokes in high gear, the music consistently marked by dense detail, polyphony, near-groove momentum, and a wide-ranging imagination… The pieces breathe well and, despite their length, rarely drag. It's not just that there are compelling solo spots around every turn (just check out Filiano rocking it on the title track), but also that there's a constant filigree being worked at around the edges of the music, meaningful commentaries and punctuations that frame things suggestively without hamstringing the players." - Jason Bivins, Signal to Noise, Summer 2008, p. 90

"Each of these players is an inventive soloist in his own right, the formula clicks. Smoker dives in with his energized torrential flurries and keen sense of pace and form. Shultz is a particularly effective asset on his rarely-heard bass trumpet. With the tonal range of a trombone he is able to fly across the themes with a sharp-edged phrasing accentuated by burrs and smears. Burdelik dips in to Bop phrasing and pushes it toward freedom with lines that careen along drawing economically on the overdriven vocabulary of Free playing. He can also be quite lyrical, like his bass clarinet playing on Smoker's "Goodbye, David", a tribute to recording engineer David Baker. Filiano is one of the most underrated bass players around these days. His burly tone and propulsive drive locks in with Short's caterwauling drums to provide an infectious Free pulse. He is an inspired soloist as well. Short's limber freedom and open sense of swing is one of the defining elements of this session. The pieces range from hyper-speed intensity to the open freedom of the 20-minute "Obsidian", full of unhurried collective development and featuring a particularly plangent solo by Filiano. This document is further proof of the singular visions of the two leaders and well worth searching out." - Michael Rosenstein, Cadence, Oct-Dec 2008, p. 230


released May 5, 2014

Paul Smoker, trumpet
Damon Short, drums
Ken Filiano, bass
Chuck Burdelik, saxophones
Ryan Shultz, bass trumpet

Recorded by David Baker
Rochester, NY
July 14 & 15, 2004



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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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