Great to hear Vincent Herring back in straight ahead jazz mode after his more recent brushes with funk and fusion. This is a terriffic live set set recorded st the Smoke Club in New York. Its the first time i can recall herring recording with Cyrus Chestnut on piano and what a great partnership they make. Chestnut swings like the clappers and herring blows harder than I have heard in ages which makes for a really, no pun intended, Smokin' session ! Pick of the album is easily the title track "Uptown Shuffle" a shuffling blues that grabs your attention and never lets up with Herring raising the roof with a screaming solo. The live sound is excellent and production values minimal making this exactly what it is - a great live session. Another reviewer mentions other sessions to be released from Smoke's own record label - if they are as good as this i can't wait !