Nicholas Payton

With a medium size horn combo, a few vocalists and a smoking rhythm section including Walter Payton o­n bass. Nicholas Payton has recorded a very appealing album. Blues, ballads, songs and arrangements featuring unexpected sudden horn crashes and crescendos, there's a little bit for everybody's tastes within this 'swing' idiom. Payton pays tribute to Louis Armstrong in his own way, which is something to be admired and respected. Over the years countless bands and people have tried imitating Armstrong, either in his trumpet style or vocally which (in my opinion) can result in nothing better than a 'cliché' version of the original. Payton doesn't do that. Payton's trumpet sound is his own and his resemblance to Louis is o­ne derived from influence and love. He has a nice modern rich and well-engineered sound (which can be much more pleasing to the discerning listener who may find old recordings with limited technology a little hard to take). Payton starts the album with 'Potato Head Blues', and captures the humorous aspect of Armstrong's singing, in both 'I'll Be Glad When You're Dead' and 'Mack The Knife', sung by Dr John. Nicholas Payton captures the Armstrong softness with 'Sunny Side Of The Street' sung by Diane Reeves and the ultimate album ballad, 'Dear Louie'. All in all, this is a good quality album.

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