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  • Nicholas Payton: Into the Blue [cover]

    Nicholas Payton Releases Nonesuch Debut, "Most Mature and Fully Realized Album" (Pop Matters)

    Today marks the release of Nicholas Payton's Nonesuch debut, Into the Blue, and, writes Pop Matters' Will Layman, for the renowned trumpeter, who has "had an unusually ripe and attractive sound" from the very beginning, the new album feels "like a self-discovery." The site gives Into the Blue an 8 out of 10 and notes both the genuineness and the variety apparent on the album that combine to make something new:

  • Nicholas Payton: Into the Blue [cover]

    Guardian: Four Stars to Nicholas Payton's Incisive, Intelligent Nonesuch Debut

    Nicholas Payton

    's Nonesuch debut, Into the Blue, set for release this Tuesday, receives four stars from The Guardian, which contends that listeners who think they know what to expect from the New Orleans trumpeter "might be very surprised" by his latest work. Into the Blue "is full of inspired ballad-rhapsodising, unhurried uptempo improvisations that pulsate with feints and twists, and original compositions and reshaped modern urban and Latin grooves that reveal an incisive creative intelligence."
  • Nicholas Payton Celebrates Louis Armstrong Tonight in Orchestra Hall

    Trumpeter Nicholas Payton will join trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, heading a stellar band, for a celebration of the music of Louis Armstrong, tonight at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Singer Kermit Ruffins will portray Armstrong in a semi-staged performance that brings together episodes from the legendary trumpeter's life with the songs for which he became so well known, including "What a Wonderful World" and "Mack the Knife." For ticket information, visit