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New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton arrived on the scene in the ‘90s, playing either acoustic jazz that honored his hometown’s music tradition or straight-ahead bebop. But in recent years he’s often been drawn to slinky electric grooves, even singing at times. With Payton mostly riffing away at the electric piano, he’s joined en masse by Butcher Brown, a young Virginia band featuring drummer Corey Fonville, keyboardist/bassist Devonne Harris, guitarist Keith Askey, and bassist Andrew Randazzo. Featuring tunes that are simply numbered (there is no “Number One”), the idea behind Numbers is to provide a set of funky vamps or grooves for other musicians to solo over or play along with. Highlights include “Two” (which includes trumpet), “Three” (which has one of the most developed visions here), and “Four” and “Six,” two funky tracks that recall The Headhunters. While drummers and electronic artists have offered up beats specifically written to be sampled by others, this takes that concept an interesting step further.

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Songs in the Keys of Payton

A smart, soulful, classic funk soundtrack to whatever you happen to be doing, as long as you can move a bit doing it. Payton mostly plays Fender Rhodes, intending to overdub the solos later, but then decided the music was complete as it. Recorded in Richmond's Jellowstone Studios with the hyper-tight Butcher Brown rhythm section (Cory Fonville, Devonne Harris, Keith Askey and Andrew Randazzo) the tracks are complex enough for dedicated listening and open enough to serve as the foundation for an over-the-top performance. (Payton calls it the "hippest, funkiest, Play-a-Long album that's ever been documented.")

That description, while accurate, runs the risk of selling "Numbers" a bit short. Sometimes the key to art is knowing when to stop. If there are more horns in the cover art than there are on the record... if the lack of trumpet is a bit mystifying in the iTunes snippets... relax. It's like a bottle of fine red wine. You have to uncork it, let it breathe. You won't be disappointed.


While a lot of the grooves are quite similar, I don’t care. It sounds GOOD!!! That is all that matters me. Wow...

Same song !

I was listening to the album while doing other things......and it seems to be the same song or beat over and over that possibvle ?


Born: 1973 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Nicholas Payton was raised in New Orleans, a town chock-full of trumpet players and he originally followed in the footsteps of a mile-long line of tradition-based players including Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, and of course, Wynton Marsalis. Payton is the son of Walter Payton, a well-known bassist on the Crescent City jazz scene. His mother played piano. Given his upbringing in a musical family, Payton often spent upwards of ten hours a day practicing...
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