Greeting’s all, normally we feature classic albums from back in the sixties and seventies in this slot [Classic Modern Jazz]. However, due to a recommendation by Charles from NYC we decided to look closer into showcasing material by the new generation of jazz musicians.
Nicholas Payton | Gumbo Nouveau
I’d never heard Nicholas Payton play before this album came out. Listen to Whoopin’ Blues and you will be hooked. He has a wonderfully Fat Sound, played with verve and energy, that is such a welcome alternative to Wynton’s lyrically pure but increasingly dry style. The “Saints” is mercifully non-corny, in fact Payton has resisted the temptation to turn this into a trad-jazz museum. Sure, the songs are old standards mainly, but they sound great. The trumpet blows hard, sax and keyboards are well in sync. Last year, I saw Payton play at the Vanguard, most of it from this album — stunning, stunning, stunning. – Amazon.com