Song of the Day: Nicholas Payton – Hangin’ and a Jivin’
Trumper maestro and Black American Music's advocate Nicholas Payton shared a new song Hangin' and a Jivin', from his latest album Smoke Sessions, recorded with Ron Carter, Karriem Riggins and George Coleman.
For a young Nicholas Payton, Miles Davis’ 1966 album ‘Four’ & More, captured live two years earlier at Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall, provided a template for what music could – and should – be. Now long established as one of the most renowned musicians and composers on the scene, Payton has convened two of the legendary musicians who played with Davis on that album, bassist Ron Carterand special guest saxophonist George Coleman, to craft some exemplary sounds of his own.
With Smoke Sessions, set for release on October 29, 2021 via the label of the same name, Payton finally realizes his long-cherished dream of leading a session with Ron Carter on bass. To reignite the chemistry of the album he’d fallen in love with decades before, he also invited George Coleman to contribute to a pair of tunes. (A third contributor to ‘Four’ & More, pianist Herbie Hancock, is represented by the composition Toys, but Payton fills the keyboard chair on the date as well as playing trumpet). Rounding out the quartet is the esteemed drummer Karriem Riggins, a longtime collaborator of Payton’s who helps ensure that the music bridges generations as well as styles.
Listen to Nicholas Paytonnew song Hangin' and a Jivin', from his latest album Smoke Sessions:
The recording of Smoke Sessions, Payton concludes, was like a pinch-myself moment… I used to pretend I was playing with [these musicians] when I was a child, and now it’s happening. I literally felt like I was walking on air. To have someone I’ve listened to on record and admired from afar actually be a part of something that I created was just beyond my wildest imagination. I remained in a dream state for a couple of months afterwards.
Watch below Nicholas Paytonnew song Hangin' and a Jivin', from his latest album Smoke Sessions:
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