Borton makes being a hip, swinging, soulful guitar player, relevant again.
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.
1. Each Step (Nathan Borton) 5:48
2. Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) 5:34
3. The More I See You (Harry Warren and Mack Gordon) 5:24
4. Milestones (Miles Davis) 4:37
5. What Now? (Nathan Borton) 4:37
6. These Are the Things We Throw Away (Randy Napoleon) 5:10
7. Change (Nathan Borton) 6:56
8. Grantstand (Grant Green) 3:51
9. Grant's Groove (Nathan Borton) 4:22
Nathan Borton - Guitar
Xavier Davis - Piano
Rodney Whitaker - Bass
Keith Hall - Drums
Diego Rivera - Tenor Saxophone
Chris Glassman - Bass Trombone
Produced by Randy Napoleon
Recorded by Corey DeRushia at
Troubadour Recording Studios, Lansing, MI
Recorded on June 2-3 2021
Assistant Engineer: Jim Alfredson
Mixed by Nathan Borton, Lansing, MI
Mastered by JJ Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA
Photos by Jessica D. Cowels
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
The 1960s were fine and formative times for jazz guitar. Wes Montgomery was there. So was Grant Green. The pair led the pack, and still do, to an extent. Guitarist Nathan Borton, with his debut recording, Each Step, embraces the traditions of these two influences. Borton's sound comes directly out of the straight ahead bebop style, beginning wit ...
SEMJA (Michigan) (Linda Yohn)
In any endeavor — business, education, the arts — the teacher-student relationship is critical for growth of new talent and skills. The mentor-mentee relationship takes the educational and growth commitment to a higher level. In the two recordings Rust Belt Roots by Randy Napoleon and Each Step by Nathan Borton, you hear the living mentor-mente ...