Nicholas Payton & Sonic Trance: Live in New York 1.24.04 (2004)
Miles is quoted briefly by saxophonist Tim Warfield on "Blu Hays," but the influences range much farther. Hugh Masekela and Fela Kuti on a track named for the Afrobeat legend, Scott Joplin and "Fascinatin' Rhythm" on "Cannabis Leaf Rag," and Monk on "I'm Trying to Swing as Little as Possible," which if judged relative to its title, fails utterly; Warfield can't help himself. "Two Mexicans on the Wall" begins by quoting "99 Bottles of Beer" mariachi-style and Payton turns in a guileless performance of "Stardust" before the tune is given over to Archer's funky wormy bass line. Warfield, featured chiefly on soprano for the first part of the disc, lets go on tenor for "Silence" before Kinsey takes over with wah-wah trombone and trumpet-splat keyboard effects. "Silence" doesn't last long enough.
Recorded live at the 2004 International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) conference, Payton's music is so organically conceived and so correct in its variety and logical choices that the whole hour passes much too quickly. This is a good thing, of course. When too many recordings fail to hold up beyond two or three listens, Sonic Trance sends you back to push play again and again.
Track Listing: 1. Seance 2. Fela 3. Cannabis Leaf Rag 4. Concentric Circles 5. Go Round 6. Blu Hays 7. Two Mexicans on the Wall 8. I'm Trying to Swing as Little as Possible 9. Stardust 10. Silence
Personnel: Nicholas Payton, trumpet; Tim Warfield, saxophones; Adonis Rose, drums; Vicente Archer, bass; Scott Kinsey, keyboards; Daniel Sadownick, percussion
Record Label: Kufala Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz