On Louis Armstrong . . .

Louis Armstrong’s trumpet is like the voice of God.

He’s not asking; he’s telling you.

Miles is more malleable; compassionate like Christ.

Pops is so Old Testament.

His voice dry.

His articulation crisp.

His phrasing so sharp and spot on.

He favors melodies with repetitive notes as if to drive his point home to you.

Armstrong’s is the trumpet of tough love.

- Nicholas Payton