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Payton's Place
     

Payton's Place

by Nicholas Payton
 
On this 1998 date, Payton's work has a smile on its puss. A big fat trumpet sound has always had a respected place in jazz, and this New Orleans native seems perpetually inspired by his instrument's provocative timbre. With smears, growls, and blasts he lets you know that he likes to play feel-good music. "The Three Trumpeters" unites him with pals Wynton Marsalis and

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On this 1998 date, Payton's work has a smile on its puss. A big fat trumpet sound has always had a respected place in jazz, and this New Orleans native seems perpetually inspired by his instrument's provocative timbre. With smears, growls, and blasts he lets you know that he likes to play feel-good music. "The Three Trumpeters" unites him with pals Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove, and by time they're done bobbing and weaving, they sound like they've had the time of their lives. Though Payton's a somewhat generic composer, he knows how to surround himself with soloists as hot as he is. It takes only one listen to "Back to the Source" to understand that tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield is a heavyweight. He gives the disc's other guest - Joshua Redman -- a run for his money in the thrills department.

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Nicholas Payton's third album as a leader is assuredly more commanding than his previous projects, and his technically flawless trumpet is right among the leaders in the neo-bop field. Yet he remains essentially a preservationist, a throwback to the hard bopping '50s and '60s and a staunch believer in the orthodoxies and rituals involved. There are exceptions -- a nice '60s Blue Note-style boogaloo for starters ("Zigaboogaloo"), a probing, driving, tempo-shifting workout on Wayne Shorter's "Paraphernalia" from Miles in the Sky (which is about as progressive as the record gets) -- but conservatism prevails elsewhere, even in the mild-mannered cover of the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round." In a takeoff on the Three Tenors, "The Three Trumpeteers" finds Payton joyously uniting and dueling with Wynton Marsalis and the ubiquitous Roy Hargrove; thankfully, one can tell them apart by ear despite the orthodox hard bop format. Pianist Anthony Wonsey, hard-nosed tenor saxman Tim Warfield, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Adonis Rose expertly do what is expected of them, joined now and then by the above two guest trumpeters and another stock member of the Young Lions cast, tenor Joshua Redman.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/1998
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731455732726
catalogNumber:
557327

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