Nonesuch, 2008, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: Nick plays a relaxed set in a quintet format. Kevin Hays (p), Vicente Archer (b), Marcus Gilmore (s) and Daniel Sadownick (perc) provide ample support for the warm tones emanating from Payton’s trumpet. These ten songs are all new originals that will sooth your spirits. “Triptych”, “Chinatown” and “Nida” are all mellow with an inviting character. Payton leaves enough space for listeners to identify with different musician throughout the set. And there are plenty of reasons to do so. We enjoyed the entire session especially “The Backward Step”.