Nicholas Payton – Smoke Sessions (Remixed) (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Nicholas Payton – Smoke Sessions (Remixed) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 20:25 minutes | 384 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Smoke Sessions (Remixed)

Though it’s never simple (or advisable) to pin Nicholas Payton down to a particular genre or style, the renowned trumpeter/keyboardist/composer’s two recent releases for Smoke Sessions Records have found him in relatively traditional acoustic trio mode. He was accompanied by the powerhouse rhythm section of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington on 2019’s live Relaxin’ With Nick, then with the generation spanning trio of drummer Karriem Riggins and legendary bassist Ron Carter on 2021’s acclaimed Smoke Sessions.

But Payton, it turns out, had more transformative intentions in mind for the latter session. On his new EP Smoke Sessions (Remixed), due out March 8 via Smoke Sessions Records, he turns the raw material of four of the album’s tracks over to Riggins and the rising star multi-instrumentalist producer Tomoki Sanders to create remixed versions of the tunes refracted through the lens of the hip hop generation.

This post-modern hybrid approach to what others may view as disparate genres is central to much of Payton’s discography, so it certainly makes sense that he would hear the potential for such electronic reimagining in the music he recorded with Carter and Riggins. “Many of my projects have a remix component built into them already,” he explains. “I felt giving those types of production treatments to an all-live acoustic session would speak more to the times in which we live. It gives the folks a bit of both worlds.”

Riggins, the drummer for the original Smoke Sessions album, puts on his producer hat for three of the four tracks on the remix EP. It’s a role he’s as comfortable playing as the one he essays behind the drumkit – he’s done production work for many of hip hop’s most creative artists, including Common, The Roots, Erykah Badu and Kanye West.

“Production and mixing [are] a significant part of Karriem’s body of work,” Payton says. “I hired him as the drummer on the session with this in mind.”

For his part, Riggins refers to Payton as, “one of those geniuses… He set the bar high and it’s always super inspirational being around him and playing music with him.”

1-1. Nicholas Payton – Levin’s Lope (Karriem Riggins Remix) (05:44)
1-2. Nicholas Payton – Big George (Karriem Riggins Remix) (05:41)
1-3. Nicholas Payton – Gold Dust Black Magic (Karriem Riggins Remix) (05:30)
1-4. Nicholas Payton – Hangin’ in and Jivin’ (Tomoki Sanders Remix) (03:29)


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