Payton, Nicholas / Into The Blue
Album:Into The Blue Collection:Jazz
Artist:Payton, Nicholas Added:May 2008
Label:Nonesuch Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-06-22 Pull Date:2008-08-24 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Aug 10Aug 3Jul 27Jul 20Jul 13Jul 6Jun 29

Recent Airplay
1.Sep 20, 2018:No Cover, No Minimum
The Backward Step
4.Jan 31, 2014:No Cover, No Minimum
The Backward Step
2.Feb 02, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
The Backward Step
5.Dec 28, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
The Backward Step
3.Dec 08, 2016:No Cover, No Minimum
The Backward Step
6.May 25, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
The Backward Step

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-06-21 
Nonesuch, 2008

MELLOW GROOVES – The modern-cool tracks on this CD may recall ‘70s soul, ‘80s Miles Davis, ‘90s acid-jazz or the sounds of hip young trumpeters like Christian Scott or Jeremy Pelt. But those are just touchpoints: Payton has his own, very personal thing going on here, and he sounds completely at ease doing it. It’s a fine chill-out session, engaging but not demanding, with a couple of instant classics (2 & 6).

Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 6 (1, 4 & 10 also good)

1. 6:25 – smoky cool ballad: stately beginning, then a thoughtful glide w/bongo
2. 7:29 – sweet, soulful vibe: slippery rhythm, relaxed trumpet & keyboard
3. 11:50 – laid-back groove, very catchy, moves from smooth to insistent
4. 4:01 – after-hours ballad, romantic and wistful, very nice trumpet sound
5. 6:15 – neo-soul, stripped down with some electronics at the edge
6. 6:06 – ooooh… deliciously simple melody on a slinky rhythm. Super-cool.
7. 4:40 – sneaky trumpet & keyboard over a funky New Orleans beat
8. 4:40 – slinky ballad with unconvincing soul vocal (by Payton)
9. 7:49 – smooth stroll over a steady New Orleans beat
10. 6:24 – cute melody struts over cool percussive groove; nifty keyboard solo

[ Fo ] 21-Jun-08

Track Listing
1.Drucilla 6.The Backward Step
2.Let It Ride 7.Nida
3.Triptych 8.Blue
4.Chinatown 9.Fleur De Lis
5.The Crimson Touch 10.The Charleston Hop (The Blue Steps)