Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton: Jeepers Creepers


Jeepers Creepers


Nicholas Payton (trumpet) and Doc Cheatham (trumpet, vocals)


Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton (Verve 537062)

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Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Doc Cheatham (trumpet, vocals),

Tom Ebbert (trombone), Les Muscutt (guitar), Bill Huntington (bass), Ernest Elly (drums)


Composed by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer


Recorded: New Orleans, September 9-11, 1996


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton is a musician who deeply understands and has assimilated Louis Armstrong's legacy. Doc Cheatham, for his part, occasionally subbed for Louis back in the mid-1920s - more than four decades before Payton was born. Yet the duo bridge the Jazz Age and the Internet Age on this Grammy-winning recording, which was Cheatham's last studio project before his death at age 91. Payton's solo work here is outstanding, and if he outshines Cheatham, the latter still delivers a heck of a performance for a nonagenarian. Payton's unaccompanied intro is all too brief, but packs a lot of swing into a few bars. Cheatham's vocal won't make anyone forget Satchmo, but the trading trumpets interlude is a shining example of cross-generational camaraderie.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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