Influenced by Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Louis Armstrong, local saxophonist Nathan-Paul, one of Northeast Ohio’s more experimental-minded jazz musicians, began playing music as a way of honoring his father, a pastor who shared his love of music.
Last year, Nathan-Paul inked a deal with the nationally distributed Ropeadope Records to release "The Shakedown," his first single for the label and a three-song EP mixed and mastered locally by Jeff Koval and engineered by Jim Stewart.
Nathan-Paul describes his latest effort, Aquarius Lofi DEEZY, which just came out today, as "sound medicine." The album consists of 16 songs, five of which are duo tracks that feature Nathan-Paul and Joey Skoch on piano. You can here it here: nathan-paul.bandcamp.com/album/aquarius-lofi-deezy.
“The simplistic combination of piano and saxophone tastefully embodies the calming sensation of watching waves ripple across the shore,” reads a press release about the album. “The compositions beautifully balance a flurry of notes with sustained earth tones for a remarkable contrast of color."
The single “Half Full” features acclaimed Akron producer HR3 (Holbrook Riles III); it veers from what Nathan-Paul describes as "sober morning meditation" into "an intoxicating after-party" as Nathan-Paul and HR3 seamlessly integrate jazz sounds with classic boom-bap sampling.
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Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]