Nicholas Payton
Kozmigroov Albums
Sonic Trance [Warner, 2003]
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Sonic Trance - A surprisingly wonderful departure for trumpeter Nicholas Payton -- a mad set of space jazz, with roots that stretch back to electric Miles and Herbie of the 70s -- but an overall sound that's 21st Century Soul all the way! Some of the tunes get quite abstract -- with Payton blowing a bit "out" over compressed rhythms and jagged-edged grooves -- while others are more laidback, soulful, and mellow -- making for a well-rounded album that goes way beyond the simple cliches you might fear from such a set!