“There are guitarists who live on the edge and guitarists who play
pretty. Few, like Radley, do both.” – Thomas Conrad, New York City Jazz
“Nate Radley eschewed the overindulgence of most jazz guitarists, in
pursuit of a soloing style that flowed with thematic movement and intent
compositional logic.” -Daniel Lehner, Allaboutjazz
"Radley is a mood architect who’s able to move from states of
desolation to anger to repose with relative ease." -Dan Bilawsky,
"Radley plays from his home-base in order to reference outer space." Ariel Bitran, Stereophile.com
Nate Radley is Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer who leads his
own group, can be heard with a variety of collaborative projects, and
works as a sideman in numerous bands both in the New York area and
around the world.
Nate’s first cd as a leader “The Big Eyes” came out in January of
2012 on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label. The cd includes nine of his
original compositions performed by Nate on guitar, Loren Stillman on
saxophone, Pete Rende on fender Rhodes, Matt Pavolka on bass, and Ted
Poor on drums.
In addition to leading his own band Nate performs frequently with the
collaborative band “Bad Touch” which includes Loren Stillman and Ted
Poor, as well as Gary Versace on organ. This band has recorded one cd
under its own name “Like a Magic Kiss” and a second “Winter Fruits”
under the name of the Loren Stillman quartet. Together the band has
toured Europe in 2011 and the U.S. in 2009.
Nate performs with a variety of groups as a sideman and since moving
to New York in 2004 has recorded on over 20 cds. Some of the bands Nate
has performed and recorded with include the Alan Ferber Nonet and Large
Ensemble, Marc Mommaas’ “Landmarc”, the Jon Gordon group, Akiko
Pavolka’s House of Illusion, the Andrew Rathbun ensemble, and the Dave
Smith Quartet. Other bandleaders that Nate has performed with include
John O’Gallagher, Tony Moreno, John McNeil, David Scott, Tom Beckham,
Andy Statman, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Aruan Ortiz, and Eric
Rasmussen. Nate also plays regularly with the country band Hope Debates
and North Forty.
Nate has recorded for labels such as Fresh Sound/New Talent,
Sunnyside, Steeplechase, Artistshare, Pirouette, and Tone of a Pitch. He
has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and at jazz festivals
such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and
the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
Nate studied jazz guitar and composition at New England Conservatory
in Boston, MA where he received a Master’s in Music. He studied with
John Abercrombie, Bob Brookmeyer, Jerry Bergonzi, and George Russell. He
also has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of
Nate has over ten years teaching experience, and currently teaches
jazz guitar, music theory, and jazz ensembles at the Center for
Preparatory studies in Music at Queens College and at Hunter College. In
addition Nate has taught clinics at high schools and universities
throughout the Unites States.
This warm duo collaboration between pianist Marc Copland and guitarist Vic Juris is a textbook example of a well-planned and executed studio date. Starting with an imaginative treatment of "Who Can I Turn To," the chemistry between the two musicians is apparent in their support of each other's solos as well as in the crisp interplay. Other standards, such as "I Loves You, Porgy" and "Stella By Starlight," also display a freshness even though they have been recorded countless times by many other jazz artists. The originals by each man deserve attention as well; both Copland's brooding "Dark Territory" and Juris' "Vaults" have a haunting sound, while the breezy bop of the guitarist's "Twenty Five" is pure joy. Nat Adderley's "Jive Samba" takes on a darker tone in their intriguing arrangement, and the last-minute suggestion of Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma" proves to be the perfect closer, with Copland's lush chords accompanied by Juris on acoustic guitar in a very deliberate performance. This outstanding session deserves to be ranked alongside any of the landmark piano/guitar duo recordings one can name. ~ Ken Dryden