The great drummer Al Foster celebrates the release of his eloquent and important new recording.
Available now on Smoke Sessions Records, Reflections pays tribute and offers thanks to loved ones and mentors such as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.
Foster is well-known for his long association with Miles Davis. His melodic drumming and rhythmic inventions were the pulse of Davis’ bands throughout the ’70s and ’80s. In his autobiography, Miles related that he hired Al because, “he could set up shit for everyone else to play off and could keep the groove going forever.”
Celebrated for making everyone around him sound better, Foster’s life in music has numerous other highlights including important work with Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, and Joe Henderson. Rollins called him “the last of the great living jazz drummers.”
This special Labor Day Weekend concert series features a simply brilliant quintet including trumpeter Nicholas Payton, saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Kevin Hays, and bassist Vicente Archer.
Wed Sep 14 Steve Turre Sextet: Generations (Smoke Sessions Records)cd release
Steve Turre – trombone & shells
Wallace Roney Jr. – trumpet
Emilio Modeste – tenor saxophone
Isaiah Thompson – piano
Corcoran Holt – bass
Orion Turre – drums
“The jazz world needs more Steve Turres. A powerful technician with a soulful tone and quick wit, Turre is perhaps the leading trombonist of this generation.” – Rolling Stone
Steve Turre, a legendary artistic innovator on both the trombone and seashells, celebrates the release of his new album Generations (Smoke Sessions Records, TBR 9/16). His energetic and youthful ensemble includes trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr., saxophonist Emilio Modeste, pianist Isaiah Thompson, bassist Corcoran Holt and drummer Orion Turre, an impressive crop of emerging jazz voices.
Turre’s own storied career includes work alongside music legends such as Ray Charles, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Woody Shaw, and he has consistently won both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for “Best Trombone” and for “Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells).”
A versatile master and true jazz original, he’s equally at home on everything from swinging classic bop lines or conjuring Rahsaan over a deep groove.
Downbeatsays, “Few artists ‘own’ their instrument to the degree that trombonist Steve Turre does. Whether playing the music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live house band or with one of his own units, his voice is distinctive and memorable.”
Thr-Sun Sep 1-4 Al Foster Quintet: Reflections (Smoke Sessions Records) cd release
Chris Potter – tenor saxophone
Nicholas Payton – trumpet
Kevin Hays – piano
Vicente Archer – bass
Al Foster – drums
Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side at the junction of Broadway and 106th Street (aka Duke Ellington Boulevard), Smoke Jazz Club is one of New York City’s premier live music venues.
Renowned for offering top-notch programming of accessible, timeless jazz featuring legendary performers, modern masters and rising stars, Smoke stands apart with its candlelit dining room, stellar acoustics, and classic American cuisine.
Founded in 1999, SMOKE also boasts a GRAMMY-nominated label, Smoke Sessions Records, and a celebrated streaming concert series, Smoke Screens. For everything else, visit SMOKEjazz.com.
Tickets: In-Person $25-$60. Livestream $10. For more information, please visit SMOKEjazz.com.
SMOKE, 2751 Broadway (between 105/106th Streets), New York, NY,
Train: 1 to 103rd Street.