The new record label smallsLIVE, which captures live performances at the famed New York venue, Smalls Jazz Club, is set to release five new albums by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, drummer Ari Hoenig, bassists Omer Avital and Ben Wolfe, and a solo piano recording by club owner Spike Wilner. Each CD is simply titled Live at Smalls and features similarly striking black and white photographs of the artists. Each disc is generally the result of a two or three-night run, after which the artist is free to choose the best selection for their album.
The goal of the smallsLIVE releases is to capture every aspect of that experience (except for the drinks, which CD buyers will have to provide themselves). “We have this very unique environment called Smalls Jazz Club where night after night you have unbelievable artists performing,” says Spike Wilner, “and my goal is to preserve that and get it out to the world so people can hear it and appreciate it.” Continue reading