Nicholas Payton plays with not one but two Miles icons grooving spectacularly all the way

What a way to begin the morning, any morning. Because we are digging the inescapable groove heard on Smoke Sessions particularly on 'Hangin' in and Jivin' from the new Nicholas Payton record out on the label of the same name that the New Orleanian …

Published: 8 Oct 2021. Updated: 19 days.

What a way to begin the morning, any morning. Because we are digging the inescapable groove heard on Smoke Sessions particularly on 'Hangin' in and Jivin' from the new Nicholas Payton record out on the label of the same name that the New Orleanian icon trumpeter, pianist and keyboardist is on with Skyline's Ron Carter. A great way to start any day let alone today. It's a first for Payton with the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet icon Carter

George Coleman is a guest on a release that's out at the end of October. Last we heard from the Miles Davis saxophone icon (a big influence on such top UK players as Iain Ballamy) he was superb on a 2020 release with Brandi Disterheft. Payton has until this record not played with Carter before so this is one significant reason why the record is special for long time followers.

As for the consistently impressive Riggins check his role on Common's A Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 grooving with Robert Glasper, Burniss Travis and Isaiah Sharkey and by contrast playing standards on This Dream of You with Diana Krall.

Payton reveres Miles Davis live album Four & More released in 1966 that both Coleman and Carter are on and is inspired by both Miles and Herbie in his own playing on trumpet and piano, the latch of the door up to open that brilliant skylight and resultant Milesian vista so significantly illuminated enabled by the presence of the towering Ron.

The immaculate Sear Sound-recorded album includes a version of Herbie's 'Toys' from Speak Like a Child and Keith Jarrett's 'No Lonely Nights' (from At the Blue Note, Complete Recordings). Nicholas Payton, top. Photo via Spotify

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Coinciding with his Blue Note residency and with Black Radio 3 to be issued in 2022 here's the Robert Glasper just-released single Shine

Featuring D Smoke and Tiffany Gouché and ahead of Black Radio 3 to be released by Loma Vista next year here's the latest Robert Glasper single 'Shine'. Glasper's first release since the Grammy winning 'Better Than I Imagined' (featuring H.E.R), …

Published: 7 Oct 2021. Updated: 20 days.

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Featuring D Smoke and Tiffany Gouché and ahead of Black Radio 3 to be released by Loma Vista next year here's the latest Robert Glasper single 'Shine'. Glasper's first release since the Grammy winning 'Better Than I Imagined' (featuring H.E.R), Glasper collaborator D Smoke last month joined the pianist on stage at the Kennedy Center where the TL Benton-directed video was also shot. Glasper says: "I was so happy to collaborate with D Smoke on this song. He's definitely one of the leading voices in today’s new generation of hip-hop. He has his feet planted in the soil of real music and comes from a family of amazing musicians and artists. That being said, also shout out to Tiffany Gouché, his cousin who’s on the song as well. We want to see everybody shine.” Robert Glasper, above. Photo: Mancy Gant