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Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Nathan Borton is a Michigan based Jazz guitar player that draws heavily from the mid-western tradition of bebop and the blues. 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. Currently, Nathan is releasing his debut album, “Each Step” through Origin Records. The record, produced by Randy Napoleon, is set for release January 2022, and has already gained praise from the likes of trombone giant Michael Dease and Benedetto CEO Howard Paul


The Music of Gregg Hill

Label: Cold Plunge Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Come on Down; Elden’s Bop; Go Figure!; I Want to Live; Inside Straight; Loisiana; Never Forget; Ristra! Ristra!; Sunny Daze; Thank You Notes.


Article: Album Review

TechnoCats: The Music of Gregg Hill

Read "The Music of Gregg Hill" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The TechnoCats are a group of five talented young musicians, each of whom has ties to Michigan State University in East Lansing, as does composer (and co-producer) Gregg Hill, whose music the TechnoCats perform on this delightful album. One of the quintet's more diverting features is that the only horn is Chris Glassman's bass trombone; another ...


Each Step

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Each Step; Just One of Those Things; The More I See You; Milestones; What Now?; These Are the Things We Throw Away; Change; Grantstand; Grant's Groove.


Article: Album Review

Nathan Borton: Each Step

Read "Each Step" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova

Each Step is the debut recording by guitarist Nathan Borton. As his website accurately states, Borton draws heavily from the mid-western tradition of bebop and blues. His influences include Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell. The album offers an enjoyable tour through the straight-ahead tradition. There are three standards early on: Cole Porter's ...


Article: Album Review

Jordan VanHemert: Nomad

Read "Nomad" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although his name offers no clue, saxophonist Jordan VanHemert's heritage is Korean. He salutes that legacy on Nomad, his second album as leader, with a pair of Korean folk songs and half a dozen comparatively modern themes written by Koreans or Korean Americans. Most are performed by VanHemert's trio: (Rodney Whitaker, bass; David Alvarez III, drums). ...


Article: Album Review

Nathan Borton: Each Step

Read "Each Step" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Judging from recent album releases, the guitar remains an essential part of the contemporary jazz scene. The latest example among many is this tasteful session led by Kansas-born, Michigan-based Nathan Borton, adding his name to an ample roster of newly minted guitar-led or guitar-centered albums by Doug MacDonald, Graham Dechter, Kristian Borring, Randy Napoleon, John Moulder, ...


Article: Album Review

Nathan Borton: Each Step

Read "Each Step" reviewed by 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 ...


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Each Step

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 05:47



Label: D-Clef Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: D is for Dastardly- Comp: Chris Glassman; In You Own Head: Comp: Altin Sencalar; Impressions- Comp: John Coltrane ARR: Addison Frei; When Reality Sets in- Comp: Altin Sencalar; Nobody Else But Me- ARR: Randy Napoleon; It's No Wonder- Comp: Chris Glassman; What Was Good is Good: Comp: Altin Sencalar; The Maze: Comp: Herbie Hancock, ARR: Steve Davis; The Big D: Comp: Michale Dease; Shortcake: JJ Johnson ARR: Jason Hainsworth; Realization: Comp: Chris Glassman Arr: Joseph Herbst.


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