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Dear Louis
     

Dear Louis

by Nicholas Payton
 
Dear Louis is based upon Nicholas Payton's commissioned tribute to jazz icon Louis Armstrong and was recorded primarily during the year 2000. The CD features 13 songs primarily popularized by Louis Armstrong with Payton performing some priceless trumpet solos in the stellar company of his 14-piece band. He is joined by special guest vocalists See more details below

Overview

Dear Louis is based upon Nicholas Payton's commissioned tribute to jazz icon Louis Armstrong and was recorded primarily during the year 2000. The CD features 13 songs primarily popularized by Louis Armstrong with Payton performing some priceless trumpet solos in the stellar company of his 14-piece band. He is joined by special guest vocalists Dr. John and Dianne Reeves. Nicholas Payton premiered his original title track, "Dear Louis," as a quartet feature at Lincoln Center as part the commission that spurred the recording. On this record, the trumpeter's big band expands the musical concept with such mastery that it is hard to fathom it scaled for quartet. Dear Louis opens with "Potato Head Blues," which features a re-harmonized melody and a rearrangement of Armstrong's original break. Payton's use of a conga solo by Kenyatta Simon adds a colorful dimension to "Hello Dolly," while "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You" gives listeners another side of Payton the vocalist. Dianne Reeves turns in a great performance on "Blues in the Night," one of Payton's favorite Armstrong records, whose original vocals were performed by Ella Fitzgerald. Reeves also sings a dynamic rendition of "Sunny Side of the Street." The set closes with "West End Blues," with Payton capturing Armstrong's classic introduction before launching into a straight-ahead blues shuffle. As a whole, the artist captures the fiery trajectories of Armstrong's classic solos with a command not heard since the master himself performed many of them. Each and every song on the CD truly belongs to Payton and company, and the listener in no way is ever offered a simple rehash of Armstrong's style. Their playing is solid, deserves admiration, and listeners can be forever grateful to Payton for capturing the true essence of the Armstrong jazz legacy through his own personal sound. Nicholas Payton plays trumpet, flugelhorn, Fender Rhodes electric piano in addition to vocals and writing all of the arrangements. Dear Louis is by far the best CD recorded by the artist to date and offers a remarkable perspective for appreciating how far the young genius has come since making his Verve debut, From This Moment.

Editorial Reviews

Downbeat
Payton has crafted a mature, modern beauty of an Armstrong tribute.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0731454941921
catalogNumber:
549419

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nicholas Payton   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,fender rhodes
Dr. John   Vocals
Bill Easley   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Melvin Rhyne   Organ
Bob Stewart   Tuba
Scott Robinson   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Contrabass Saxophone
Paul Stephens   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tim Warfield   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter Bernstein   Guitar
Walter Payton   Bass
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
Kenyatta Simon   Percussion
Reuben Rogers   Bass
Anthony Wonsey   Piano
Ray Vega   Trumpet
Adonis Rose   Drums
Roy Vega   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vincent Gardner   Trombone
Louis Payton   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Scott Robinson   Contributor
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Nicholas Payton   Arranger,Producer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Larry Shields   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Harry Da Costa   Composer
James P. Nichols   Engineer

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