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Having been on the scene for over ten years now, Nicholas Payton has shed the “young lion” tag and evolved into one of jazz’s brightest trumpet stars. Nick@Night is another fine showcase for his lyrical tone, intelligent improvs and maturing compositional talent. A good leader has to have a good band and Payton’s regular group Tim Warfield (tenor sax), Anthony Wonsey (keyboards), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Adonis Rose (drums) have certainly developed a solid rapport over the years. Together they tackle the quicksilver bop changes of Blacker Black’s Revenge, the tender moodiness of Exquisite Goddess and the gentle swing of Pleasant Dreams. Mention should also be made of the cookin’ title cut, a tune clearly inspired by the golden era of 50’s BlueNote label funk. Nick@Night gets it right! ####
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.