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Hell Gate 06:47
The Gates 07:15
Ice On Snow 06:43
At Peace 07:17
Dog Days 05:58


The Yao Smith Hughes Sextet brings a fresh, new set of original compositions following in the footsteps of the straight-ahead jazz tradition of Detroit. Hard-bopping melodies, tight 3-horn arrangements, colorful voicings, driving swing feel and soulful grooves are all trademarks of The Gates. Detroit trumpeter Jimmy Smith and saxophonist James Hughes are joined by New York trombonist, composer and arranger John Yao forming a co-lead ensemble. Besides being fresh and intriguing improvisers, all three are band leaders and formidable composers in their own right with ample portfolios. The collaboration between the three musicians started at a session in New York City a few years earlier where each one brought a few tunes to play. They quickly realized they were musically on the same page and this set the wheels in motion. Each co-leader contributes several well-crafted arrangements of original compositions spanning from subdued to passionate, cerebral to fiery, and gritty to refined in approach.


released June 14, 2019

John Yao - trombone
Jimmy Smith - trumpet, flugelhorn
James Hughes - soprano/alto/tenor saxophones
Corey Kendrick - piano
Jeff Pedraz - bass
Nick Collins - drums

Produced by Mark Byerly
Recorded by Mark Byerly @ Longview Sound, Rochester Hills, MI
Mixed by Mark Byerly
Recorded April 15-16, 2018
Mastered by Anthony Gravino
Cover Design by Leslie Kelly


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