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Doc Cheatham And Nicholas Payton

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  • Audio CD (1 April 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B0000047E6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. How Deep Is The Ocean?
  2. Jeepers Creepers
  3. Stardust
  4. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  5. Dinah
  6. Save It Pretty Mama
  7. Do You Believe In Love At Sight?
  8. Jada
  9. I Cover The Waterfront
  10. Maybe
  11. Black And Blue (aka What Did I Do To Be So Black & Blue)
  12. Out Of Nowhere
  13. She's Funny That Way
  14. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

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Format: Audio CD
This album was appealing from the soundbites I've heard, and from the narrative around it (almost 70 years of age difference between the stars of the album? This might be sone sort of a record...)
I was cautios, though, precisly because of Cheatham's advanced age (over 90); I've heard him play extremely well in his 80s, but in his 90s??? And then I bought a Putumayo New Orleans jazz compilation which had a cut from this album and that was it.
Doc's playing is warm and passionate, excellent, although definitively not the best I've heard from him, while young Nicholas Payton is a worthy and respectful collaborator.
However, this is a very conservative album, not for everyone's ears and Doc's vocals are not really helpful on some tracks (on others I actually don't mind them, although they don't contribute much).
There it is folks. I like it very much, but if you're not trad jazz and swing fan (or Doc Cheatham fun) you might have issues with this album.
Full cast:
Doc Cheatham (vocals, trumpet); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Tom Ebbert, Lucien Barbarin (trombone); Jack Maheu (clarinet); Butch Thompson (piano); Les Muscutt (guitar); Bill Huntington (bass); Ernie Elly (drums).
BTW, when I bought this from one of Amazon's partner sellers, I wasn't warned that I'm buying a reissue without any data on the players or pictures or anything else, instead of the original Verve album that, I suppose, did have all that.
It's still a great buy (and, you can see, I downloaded the names of players from another site).
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I have has this since it first came out twelve or more years ago and never tire of listening to it. It has a wonderful simplicity and always sounds fresh. I wish I had the words to convey its unique qualities.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doc Cheatham's last treasure 1 Sept. 2001
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When this album was recorded,Doc Cheatham was 91 years old, and Nicholas Payton was 23.Every Doc Cheatham recording is a marvel,but there is a special treasury in this one : the fact that two trumpet players,of very different times, play so well together.Of course,Doc's playing is absolutely amazing for a man of his age, but time had no power on him,and the older he was, the better he played.Listen to Doc's outstanding playing at the beginning of "jeepers creepers", for example;or listen to any of the tunes,Doc's joy of beeing alive and playing is here,everywhere,on every tune.Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham is one of the greatest jazz trumpet players, and for me, the second one after Louis.Everything he plays is a treasure.I had the opportunity and the chance to be here when he recorded his "Dear Doc" album on Orange Blue label;and I'll always remember this sweet gentleman.Doc was a marvelous human beeing,a great man,and I hope he will be recognized as one of jazz'sd most talented trumpet players.Doc's playing is just like Billie Holiday's singing: it takes you like an octopus, and that's for life.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It don't get no better than this! 14 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Best of the old, best of the new! A great combination of a veteran (and astonishing) old-line trumpter combined with the power and strength of one of the great modern trumpters. Tender, whimsical, thoroughly enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, nostalgic, beautiful 11 Mar. 2012
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album was appealing from the soundbites I've heard, and from the narrative around it (almost 70 years of age difference between the stars of the album? This might be sone sort of a record...)
I was cautios, though, precisly because of Cheatham's advanced age (over 90); I've heard him play extremely well in his 80s, but in his 90s??? And then I bought a Putumayo New Orleans jazz compilation which had a cut from this album and that was it.
Doc's playing is warm and passionate, excellent, although definitively not the best I've heard from him, while young Nicholas Payton is a worthy and respectful collaborator.
However, this is a very conservative album, not for everyone's ears and Doc's vocals are not really helpful on some tracks (on others I actually don't mind them, although they don't contribute much).
There it is folks. I like it very much, but if you're not trad jazz and swing fan (or Doc Cheatham fun) you might have issues with this album.
Full cast:
Doc Cheatham (vocals, trumpet); Nicholas Payton (trumpet); Tom Ebbert, Lucien Barbarin (trombone); Jack Maheu (clarinet); Butch Thompson (piano); Les Muscutt (guitar); Bill Huntington (bass); Ernie Elly (drums).
BTW, when I bought this from one of Amazon's partner sellers, I wasn't warned that I'm buying a reissue without any data on the players or pictures or anything else, instead of the original Verve album that, I suppose, did have all that.
It's still a great buy (and, you can see, I downloaded the names of players from another site).
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doc Cheatham 11 May 2007
By Brian Gilmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Last Stand of Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham

by Brian Gilmore

Friday night. June 1, 1997. A frail old black man sat at a table in the dark just off the side of the stage at the legendary Blues Alley jazz club in the heart of Georgetown in Washington D.C. Right in the midst of smoke, laughter and the chatter of the crowd that sat in anticipation of another important night of "jass". Amongst the sipping of cold beer, whiskey, red wine, easy dining on chicken tenders, french fries, salmon, gumbo, catfish, he, this majestic old man, unassuming and dapper in an old dark blue suit, sat beside the tiny stage inside this tiny club and smiled. Poet Cornelius Eady, a lover of jazz himself, would have called the old man that night an "old bag of bones." It would have been appropriate though this man was full of life.

He was ready too as he had been ready for decades. His trumpet was in the case at his feet and everyone who came up to him spoke politely and quietly. It was yet another jam session on the long lonesome trail of the jazz trumpeter. The ruler. The most dominant and the most important instrumentalist in the history of jazz.

Minutes later as the old man sat still smiling just below the stage, New Orleans' based trumpeter, Nicholas Payton and his band blew into a elevating set of energetic jazz numbers from Payton's two knock﷓out albums. Payton's 1997 CD, "Nouveau Gumbo" is a modern take﷓off on music from New Orleans and will be talked about for years to come. This was where Payton would pull his tunes from this night. Payton, yet another fine trumpet player from the "Big Easy" in the tradition of those legendary cornet players, King Buddy Bolden, Freddie Keppard, Buddy Petit, Joe "King" Oliver, Lee Collins, Louis Armstrong and Henry "Red" Allen has not disappointed jazz lovers. He didn't disappoint the crowd at Blues Alley that sat and listened to the power and discipline of this "young lion" and his band working on all cylinders that night in June 1997.

But like me, though the crowd came to hear Payton, the forecast of jazz; on this special night we came to devour the passion of jazz's yesteryears. All of it which sat at the edge of the stage inside the body of that old man who just smiled in his dark blue suit and his old bag of bones. With his trumpet case resting at his feet, Doc Cheatham, or should I say, Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham, was ready to play.

I first laid eyes on Doc Cheatham when I watched a documentary on jazz

years ago called "The Story of Jazz". During that program, Doc was captured sitting on a couch looking regal and elegant like an old relative passing down short tales of times long since past. I thought of my grandfather telling stories to me when I was a kid on his sun porch. Each time Doc spoke, his soft creaky voice brought up jazz's epic beauty. The richness, the placidness, the essential part of the American experience that became the world's first "world music" according to the late avant garde trumpeter Lester Bowie.

Doc had all the answers in that film, all the best anecdotes, and knew everyone who was anyone in jazz throughout its history. He was a trumpet player and a singer and from that day forth I knew I wanted to hear him, see him, find out why he was so important and why everyone always brought up his name.

So in the late Spring 1997, I traveled to the legendary JazzFest in New Orleans, Louisiana to absorb the festival of festivals in the city that seems to be always in the midst of some ritual. I knew that Doc Cheatham and Nicolas Payton were set to play a set during the festival and I made a point to try to catch their show. There were so many celebrated and emerging jazz players in New Orleans that week (McCoy Tyner, James Moody, Herbie Hancock, Fred Foss, Terrence Blanchard, etc.), I got the schedule mixed up so I missed Doc. I was heartbroken.

But then a month later I saw that Cheatham and Payton were coming to Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. for one of those Blues Alley weekends full of solos and cold beer and catfish. I knew I was going to be there. No mix﷓ups this time. I would know his sound.

Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham was born in 1905 in Nashville, Tennessee and was one of the last remaining links to jazz's initial explosion into the world out of New Orleans up the Mississippi River to Chicago. Doc was right there learning how to blow as King Oliver first took over the world with his cornet only to give it away to a young ambitious cornet genius named Louis Armstrong who he invited to play in his band in the Windy City. This is where Doc takes you. One story has Doc sitting in for Louis Armstrong one night in Chi-town. That must have been a chore. Well, Doc surely isn't Louis Armstrong (who is for God sakes), but he is, well, Doc; if he did sit in, I know he probably did the music well.

So nearly 92 years after he climbed into this world in Nashville, after countless gigs, one night stands, bad cafes, unfriendly crowds, recording sessions, rides on buses and trains to strange packed sweaty lounges all over the world, swing bands, latin troupes, his own quartet, trumpeter﷓singer Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham climbed onto the last earthly stage he would ever grace in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., in a little smoky jazz joint in an alley, sit in the last

chair he would ever sit in, and enjoyed the last weekend stand of his earthly visit with a young up﷓and﷓coming band of musicians who would soon be mesmerized by what the old man could do with his voice and his heart.

For 25 minutes, he led the Nicholas Payton Band and the crowd at Blues Alley that night through a poignant set of essential classic jazz tunes. Doc both sang and soloed and not for a minute did it all seem as if he was 91 and holding on like a prizefighter who had stayed too long in the ring. Doc was up to the task. A soloist at 91, imagine, and a fine one at that. Sitting in a chair and never wavering as his notes blessed the smoke of Blues Alley and seemed to take us all back and remind us why jazz was so beautiful and "black and blue".

Doc was superb right through yet another timeless version of "Struttin' Some Barbeque",

then Crescent City clarinet legend, Jimmy Noone's "Sweet Lorraine" followed by the beautiful and breathtaking, "Do You Believe In Love At Sight" from his album with Payton that had the crowd at Blues Alley gasping for air at how pure Doc played trumpet and sang. How could this old man who could not even walk onto the stage without a cane and some assistance play like this? Sing like this. Never miss a beat. Never out of tune.

Doc mixed the short set with references to his long and illustrious career in the center of jazz too. He talked about lost love, some of his jazz comrades from the early years, and the joys of continuing to play into his 90's. Doc, strong and sweet, from the beginning through the swing era, up to yet another re- birth as a brilliant soloist in his 90's, right until now where Doc's tone was clever and strong. Doc chose his notes carefully that night as always and made sure the notes stayed fresh with each breath.

Midway through the set as it he was reciting history, Doc pulled out a slightly dented mute given to him by King Oliver. That is - Joe "King" Oliver. Joe Oliver's mute from New Orleans in the club. Doc played it like it was 1922 and King Joe was right at that moment whispering in Doc's ear telling him how to use it. One felt like they were truly learning what jazz was once and for all. Feel the moment. Do what you can sense in your soul right now. Create. Just like Bolden playing in some parade in New Orleans. Diz turning his horn up. Duke mixing the clarinet, trombone and trumpet a different way to create "Mood Indigo". That's what Doc was doing. Making a space again for King Oliver and the Creole Orchestra. Capture the moment, the feeling.

Appropriately, Doc closed with a Eubie Blake tune as the young Nicholas Payton just stared at his mentor and smiled. Doc didn't say the name of the tune, he just said it was a tune by Eubie Blake. Blake, an extraordinary ragtime pianist from Baltimore, and of course, a key link in the jazz pantheon once jazz comes north to New York, was seemingly doing the whispering now. Taking over for King Oliver. Yet another lesson for us from Doc Cheatham: Don't forget about Eubie Blake.

That Monday, after that weekend stand at Blues Alley, June 3, 1997, Doc had a stroke in his hotel room. He passed from this place at a hospital in the city of Washington D.C. His weekend stand at Blues Alley was his last. In my city, Doc Cheatham decided enough was enough. He was gone on to see the great trumpeter Gabriel now just before the beginning of end of his 92nd year on earth. I read about it in the local papers. That Friday, Doc had taken me back to the 1920's and jazz's beginnings and that Monday, Doc had gone on. He left jazz in good hands to young star trumpeters like Payton and Roy Hargrove and other New Orleans up and coming superstars like Leroy Jones. His music is now forever etched in my mind. His appreciation of the simplicity of jazz, yet his way of seizing the moment, of creating what you feel out of what's before you. Take in your heart all that you are and can offer and give it to the people in your own way. That's what Doc Cheatham did that night at Blues Alley during his last stand. All the way to the last note he ever played. Just one long song.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept....brilliant playing...masterpiece... 28 July 2006
By Jaywilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not your "typical" Grammy winner,this one's the result of a brilliant idea to pair a great 91 year-old trumpet player with a great 23 year-old trumpet player-and it works-beautifully.Even,for anyone who believes that the old-style jazz doesn't cut it,anymore-I think will find this an exceptional masterpiece by then 23 year-old Nicholas Payton and Doc Cheatham-a year before he died.
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