Dear Louis

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
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.
Downbeat
Payton has crafted a mature, modern beauty of an Armstrong tribute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 731454941921
  • Catalog Number: 549419
  • Sales rank: 106,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Potato Head Blues (5:59)
  2. 2 Hello, Dolly! (8:30)
  3. 3 You Rascal You (4:35)
  4. 4 Tight Like This (7:06)
  5. 5 Interlude (St. James Infirmary) (0:42)
  6. 6 On the Sunny Side of the Street (4:04)
  7. 7 Dear Louis - Louis Payton (6:03)
  8. 8 Blues in the Night - Dianne Reeves (3:49)
  9. 9 The Peanut Vendor (5:25)
  10. 10 Mack the Knife (2:53)
  11. 11 Tiger Rag (6:06)
  12. 12 I'll Never Be the Same (4:59)
  13. 13 West End Blues (7:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nicholas Payton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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, Mastering
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, Mastering
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