Manor Sound Records
By Ric Bang
Buy CD: No Time Like Now
Nick Moran, a New York native, began to play the trumpet when he was 10; he switched to guitar several years later, after hearing artists such as George Benson, Jimmy Hall and Wes Montgomery. Moran’s early jazz training began in Germany, at Fachbereich Musik in Mainz, and continued at the City College of
New York. One of his key study groups, “Rhythm Sections,” covered a two-year period under the tutelage of bassist Ron Carter and pianist/arranger Mike Holober.
This is not a wildly swinging unit; it plays smooth jazz, which depends significantly on the Hammond B3 organ to carry the basic melodic line as a support for Moran’s excellent guitar work. The result is extremely pleasant music that will hold your attention, while not preventing conversation with others at your club table.