April 15, 1997

Album Review

This matchup between trumpeters Doc Cheatham (91 at the time) and Nicholas Payton (just 23) is quite logical and delightful. Cheatham, one of the few survivors of the 1920s, was still in remarkably fine form, while Payton (a flexible New Orleans player capable of ranging from Dixieland to Freddie Hubbard) is both respectful and inspiring. With Doc contributing occasional vocals and the settings ranging from a quartet to an octet with clarinetist Jack Maheu and pianist Butch Thompson, the brassmen explore a variety of 1920s and '30s standards, including a couple of obscurities ("Do You Believe in Love at Sight?" and "Maybe"). The interplay between the co-leaders, the many subtle tributes to Louis Armstrong, and the consistent enthusiasm of this swinging set make this a historic success and a very enjoyable outing.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  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 First Sight?
  8. Jada
  9. I Cover the Waterfront
  10. Maybe
  11. Black and Blue
  12. Out of Nowhere
  13. She's Funny That Way
  14. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
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