In an industry that likes to conveniently pigeonhole even its most adventurous artists, Nate Najar has stood out with his full embrace of the great possibilities of jazz. Inspiring growing numbers of fans with his distinctive approach of playing jazz on the acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, the multi-faceted composer and performer has performed hundreds of trio dates throughout the U.S. and Europe, scored a Top Ten Billboard Jazz single with Melba Moore (“Groove Me”) and recorded tribute projects to his idol Charlie Byrd and the music of Brazil. On the perfectly titled This is Nate Najar, he expands his repertoire further with a dynamic quartet driven collection featuring his unamplified guitar, legendary Duke Ellington bassist John Lamb, UK drummer Matt Home and trumpeter James Suggs.
Najar’s original idea for an album title, “In This Moment,” captures many of the important elements of this extraordinary project. Najar was excited about recording for the first time with the ensemble of Home (the drummer he uses when he performs in the UK), his longtime friend Lamb and Suggs, an Ohio native who recently returned to the U.S. after many years in South America. Rather than beginning with some grand concept, the guitarist simply thought it would be fun to go into the studio and cut a few tunes.
Florida guitarist Nate Najar blends his classical background with funky, hot groovin' licks born out of his passion for all music. Nate considers himself a product of classical, R&B, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Latin and many other styles. Says Najar, "I'm trying to use all of my musical experiences to create my sound."