Nicholas Payton | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Nicholas Payton All Ages Soundboard

When: Mon., Sept. 1, 6:15 p.m. 2008

Though he’s one of the most formidable horn men in jazz, Nicholas Payton has only occasionally captured on disc the fire he brings live—and on the new Into the Blue (Nonesuch) he doesn’t seem to be trying to. The album is chill and moody, its heady atmosphere flowing from Payton’s intimate rapport with pianist Kevin Hays. The rest of the rhythm section—drummer Marcus Gilmore, percussionist Daniel Sadownick, and bassist Vicente Archer—carves out a deep pocket and mostly stays there. In this subdued context Payton sounds more lyric and concise than ever, but I’m betting he’ll turn up the heat and stretch out onstage. The group from the record plays here, except with the wonderful Robert Glasper subbing for Hays and singer Nicole Hurst joining in. Payton plays on the Dee Parmer Woodtor stage at the African Festival of the Arts. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15, $10 in advance, $5 for children and seniors

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