"Herring fuses instrumental mastery with equal and unified parts of jazz's holy trinity of heart, mind and soul." - WNPR
Vincent Herring (alto saxophone)
Cyrus Chestnut (piano)
Yasushi Nakamura (bass)
Johnathan Blake (drums)
Vincent Herring, one of the important heirs to the tradition of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, and Cannonball Adderley, leads a quartet featuring piano great Cyrus Chestnut, sought-after bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Johnathan Blake who Jazz Times calls “the quintessential New York City jazz drummer." Herring has long been regarded as one of the foremost alto saxophonists of the modern era, and he has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz, including Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd, Jack DeJohnette and so many more. The New York City Jazz Record states, “Herring has firmly established himself as one of his generation’s masters.” TIME Magazine adds, “What makes (Cyrus) Chestnut the best pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space..."
“Smoke, late to the live-streaming game, showed that waiting was worth the wait, with its inaugural online concerts. The smallest of the major clubs by capacity, the Upper West Side venue known for its intimacy in person was well recreated online, with the best sound this reviewer has (virtually) heard thus far and no less than six camera angles.” – Andrey Henkin, The New York City Jazz Record