Nathan Borton

Each Step

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: OA2 Records
UPC: 0805552219524
Catnr: OA2 22195
Release date: 04 March 2022
1 CD
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€ 19.95
OA2 Records
Catalogue number
OA2 22195
Release date
04 March 2022

About the album

With a fat, warm tone threading through the jazz cymbal groove with poetic patience, guitarist Nathan Borton celebrates his Midwest musical inspirations - particularly Grant Green & Wes Montgomery - with blues-drenched lines & rhythms on this, his debut recording. Along with jazz masters Xavier Davis on piano, bassist Rodney Whitaker, drummer Keith Hall, and the front line of saxophonist Diego Rivera & bass trombonist Chris Glassman, we don’t just hear a tribute to evergreen jazz guitar purism, but rather a complete, satisfying journey through the rich tradition of straight-ahead jazz. From the hard swinging "Milestones," or Tin Pan Alley classics such as "Just One of Those Things," through five originals from Borton and his mentor/producer Randy Napoleon, we discover a young talent with a deep wellspring of ideas and a penchant for surprising musical moments.
Mit seinem fetten, warmen Ton, der sich mit poetischer Geduld durch den Jazz-Becken-Groove zieht, zelebriert der Gitarrist Nathan Borton auf seinem Debütalbum seine musikalischen Inspirationen aus dem Mittleren Westen - insbesondere Grant Green und Wes Montgomery - mit bluesgetränkten Linien und Rhythmen. Zusammen mit den Jazz-Meistern Xavier Davis am Klavier, dem Bassisten Rodney Whitaker, dem Schlagzeuger Keith Hall und der ersten Reihe, bestehend aus dem Saxophonisten Diego Rivera und dem Bassposaunisten Chris Glassman, hören wir nicht nur eine Hommage an den unvergänglichen Jazzgitarren-Purismus, sondern vielmehr eine vollständige, befriedigende Reise durch die reiche Tradition des Straight-Ahead-Jazz. Vom hart swingenden "Milestones" oder Tin-Pan-Alley-Klassikern wie "Just One of Those Things" bis hin zu fünf Eigenkompositionen von Borton und seinem Mentor/Produzenten Randy Napoleon entdecken wir ein junges Talent mit einem reichen Fundus an Ideen und einem Hang zu überraschenden musikalischen Momenten.


Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Nathan Borton is a Michigan-based Jazz guitar player who draws heavily from the midwestern tradition of bebop and the blues. His studies and performances have taken him across the United States from Brevard, North Carolina to East Lansing, Michigan, and everywhere in-between. Nathan served as the Teaching Assistant for the nationally acclaimed Jazz Studies program at Michigan State University under the direction of Rodney Whitaker during his Graduate Degree. There he studied guitar under the tutelage of the great Randy Napoleon.

Nathan has played with and alongside names such as: Rodney Whitaker, Michael Dease, Paul Keller, Diego Rivera, and Tom Knific. He has also performed at various music festivals including: the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, the East Lansing Jazz Festival, the Michigan Jazz Festival, and the Wichita Jazz Festival.

Recently, Nathan was a winner of the 2019 Wilson Center International Guitar Competition located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as placing as a finalist in 2018. He won two Downbeat awards in 2019 for Best Graduate Jazz Soloist and Best Live Engineering/Production, as well as winning the Paul Carr Discovery Act Award in 2020 with the Sencalar/Glassman Quintet.

Nathan is also an avid educator of music. He currently teaches at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI and at Hope College, in Holland, MI. Nathan has also taught and mentored at various camps around the nation such as: The Brevard Jazz Institute in Brevard, North Carolina and The Spectrum Music Camp in East Lansing, Michigan.

Nathan is a proud endorser of Benedetto Guitars in Savannah, GA.


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