Recorded 5/2/94 at Tower Records, New Orleans, by Tony Brooke with Cory Smith. Six of the twelve tracks on "Smokin: The Sounds of New Orleans II" were from a series of New Orleans Jazz Festival live broadcasts and recordings for WWOZ-FM by Tony Brooke.
From the liner notes by John Sinclair of WWOZ:
"Tony Dagradi and his mighty trio with Jim Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich performed this sinewy version of the Thelonious Monk composition "Nutty" during an in-store concert at Tower Records the day after JazzFest '94. An entire program of the trio's magical ensemble improvisations can be heard on "Live At The Columns," the recent release from Turnipseed Records."
And, more from John Sinclair on the production of the album: "Most of these cuts were recorded by Tony Brooke and Cory Smith--two young men who came in from California on a wing and a prayer, crashed on Dave Freedman's floor for 10 days, and volunteered their services to engineer and record the string of 'live' broadcasts from which these selections were drawn."