Jazz CD of the Week

The Birmingham Post (England), February 5, 2000 | Go to article overview

Jazz CD of the Week


NICHOLAS PAYTON Nick @ Night (Verve): While one of the great things about jazz is that musicians who have never met before can get together and record a fine album in a day, communicating that freshness and spontaneity to the listener, there's nothing quite like the added satisfaction of hearing a band that has been a cohesive unit for a long time.

I hadn't heard of trumpeter Nick Payton when I first saw him at the North Sea Jazz Festival a few years ago, but that performance, in among the best of more established world jazz players, was the one that prompted me to buy his Gumbo Nouveau disc.

And his band has been the same ever since: Tim Warfield on saxophones, Anthony Wonsey on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass and Adonis Rose on drums.

It's straight-ahead, no-nonsense, tough but rounded stuff, very much in the hard-bop spirit begun by Art Blakey in the early 60s.

But Payton adds a New Orleans warmth and on some tracks here he uses harpsichord and celeste to give a more formal, almost chamber group, feel.

They're all original compositions from the group, with the exception of the closer, Maurice White's Sun Goddess, originally written for Ramsey Lewis.

He's still only 25, but Nick Payton has already forged a personal and distinctive style and hasn't made a false move yet.

Satisfaction guaranteed.HHHH

KARIN KROG & JOHN SURMAN Bluesand (Meantime): The British reedman and the Norwegian vocalist first met on a tour of Japan in 1970 as fellow European Downbeat magazine popularity poll winners, but it took until 1978 before they recorded together, and they've been getting together from time to time ever since. …

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