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Nicolas Payton Into the Blue

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Into the Blue is the Nonesuch debut from Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Nicholas Payton and his first as bandleader
since the 2003 Warner Bros CD, Sonic Trance. Though celebrated for his interpretations of the New Orleans jazz canon, especially
for material associated with Louis Armstrong, Payton focuses here on original compositions that are soulful, pensive and romantic.
He also gamely steps out as a vocalist, for the first time on disc, on an elegant, self-penned slow dance called Blue. Along with
eight original tracks, Payton interprets film-scoring giant Jerry Goldsmith s title theme from Chinatown as well as Nida, composed
by his father, the bassist Walter Payton. It was inspired by and named after Nick s mother, who was also a singer and pianist.
Accompanying Payton is his touring band: keyboardist Kevin Hays, bassist Vicente Archer, percussionist Daniel Sadownick and
drummer Marcus Gilmore (who happens to be the grandson of Roy Haynes). Into the Blue was produced by Bob Belden, the
musician-arranger with whom Payton collaborated on the 2006 album, Mysterious Shorter, an all-star tribute to the early work of
composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
The New York Times has described Payton as abundantly gifted. Variety has called him one of the more popular trumpeters to
emerge post-Wynton from New Orleans, After a gig last summer at Manhattan s Jazz Standard that included material featured on
Into the Blue, Variety declared, Nicholas Payton has developed an omnivorous approach to jazz, willing to bring countless genres
to the table...Diversity like that in jazz is a rare commodity...In the opener, Let It Ride, Payton took two impressive solos, one polite,
one aggressive, a microcosm of his chameleon nature and his comfort level with various ways of playing....he is attracted to and
composes multi-faceted songs that provide dips and turns, broad tonal ranges and opportunities to reshape a song in mid-performance.
Though Into the Blue is Payton s first title for Nonesuch bearing his name, he s no stranger to followers of the label. Payton has been
a member of the multi-generational Joshua Redman-led SFJAZZ Collective, which has released two acclaimed discs on Nonesuch
that explored the work of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, and showcased original pieces developed in a live setting, including
Payton s own Scrambled Eggs (on the 2006 SFJAZZ Collective 2). Payton also guest-starred on the adventurous, groove-oriented
Momentum, the 2005 Nonesuch disc from Joshua Redman s Elastic Band. Payton has long been known for collaborations, from his
Grammy-winning sessions with 91 year-old trumpet legend Doc Cheatham to his playing and/or arranging work with neo-soul star
Jill Scott, Dr. John, Eddie Palmieri, Bill Charlap and Dianne Reeves, among many others.
Payton, who has been performing with various combos in his native New Orleans since he was 12 years old, will be entertaining
hometown crowds this spring at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0015967CU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,162 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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