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  1. Warrior’s Journey (9:56)
  2. Way Station (8:10)
  3. Far Away (6:44)
  4. Road to La Coruna (8:43)
  5. Hello World (7:39)
  6. Back Home (6:54)

Nate Kimball’s choice of the title for this album, Warrior’s Journey, accurately describes his own personal journey to this point in his career as a musician. I first met Nate as a freshman and was immediately aware of his high level of intelligence, to be followed closely by my introduction to his level of innate musicianship and perhaps of greater importance, the kind of human being he is. His musicianship, obviously inherited from his dad, who was a member of the famed Louis Prima Band, where “big ears” were a requirement, is so natural in his playing and writing that it literally flows from his every musical action.

When I first met Nate, I discovered that he was already running one of the computer labs for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) as a means to earn money to help support his family because of his father’s inability to work, due to a medical condition that has kept him bedridden. Needless to say, this made it very difficult for him to work full time at the CSN computer lab and be a full time undergraduate music major.

Following his graduation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Music Department, Nate quickly found work in the orchestra accompanying the Cirque du Soleil production Zumanity. With his ultimate goal of becoming a full-time jazz trombonist, Nate also entered the International Trombone Association’s J.J. Johnson Competition and worn first place, having been chosen by some of the top jazz trombonists in the world. He also entered an original big band composition in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers’ Young Jazz Composers’ Competition, again taking first prize.

Now he is taking the next important step toward his goal by recording and releasing this album, Warrior’s Journey. All of the compositions are by Nate and prove to be wonderful vehicles, not only for his own stalwart improvisations, but also for the other members of the band, especially for guitarist Joe Lano who demonstrates why he is one of the top jazz guitarists in the world. Pianist Brian Triola, bassist Steve Flora, and drummer Larry Aberman complete the group’s personnel supplying not only the rhythmic drive on every track, but also providing thoughtful and moving solos of their own. Aberman particularly stands out with his very melodic drumming. The musical fare on this CD is interestingly varied, full of good surprises, and expertly rendered. The material is highly accessible, yet challenging enough to please the most astute jazz aficionado.

So sit back and enjoy this jazz trip, which will surely make you want to hear more.

Ken Hanlon
Executive Board Chair/Past President
International Trombone Association

Inside cover picture of NATE KIMBALL QUINTET

Nate Kimball's Biography

Nate Kimball, a 26-year-old Las Vegas native, is a graduate of the UNLV Jazz Program with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Jazz Trombone Performance and Jazz Composition. In addition to currently studying at UNLV for his Master’s degree in Jazz Composition, Nate Kimball performs full-time as a trombonist and back-up bassist with Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity show at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. Recently, Nate was the winner of the 2010 ITA J.J. Johnson Jazz Competition. Nate has been playing gigs in Las Vegas since the age of 16, where his first gig was a wedding reception with a Wayne Newton impersonator in a seedy hotel in Laughlin, Nevada, As the years went on, Nate continued to ascend the ranks before landing a steady gig, at the age 21, with the Las Vegas Classic Jazz Band, a six-piece traditional Dixieland jazz band located in the Cold Coast Casino that performed five days a week, six sets a day. Three years thereafter, Nate accepted the job he currently holds today. As a freelance artist, Nate has had the privilege of working nearly every venue Las Vegas has to offer while working alongside artists and groups such as The Count Basie Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Jessica Simpson, Royal Crown Revue, The Impressions, Gene Pitney, Eddie Holman, and Gladys Knight, among many others. In addition, Nate has worked on many of Las Vegas’s headlining and visiting shows including Donny & Marie, Manhattan Transfer, Michael Grimm, Tommy Tune, Marvin Hamlisch, Ben Vereen, The Producers, Poker: The Musical, The Rat Pack Show, and Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns. Nate’s experiences as a jazz performer have allowed him to share the stage with such prominent jazz entities as the late Carl Fontana, Bobby Shew, George Garzone, John Allred, Bob Florence, Elliot Mason, Andy Hunter, Harry Waters, Ruth Brown, Jim Pugh, Bill Richenbach, and Peter Erskine. As a writer, Nate Kimball’s revolutionary work for big band, “Namaste”, was the recent recipient of ASCAP’s Young Composer award and a runner-up for the New Your Youth Symphony’s “First Music” Competition in the jazz category. In addition, his recent work for revised big band, “Side Effect”, was premiered by the Las Vegas Academy high school band at the Monterrey Jazz Festival.

About the Music

Warrior's Journey: The title track for the CD begins as an almost folk-like tune in ¾ and morphs in to a lively jazz waltz upon Kimball's landing on the last note of the melody. Kimball lays out a building solo spanning three choruses with Lano succeeding him on a marvelously constructed two-chorus solo. Pianist Triola follows with a high-energy solo, handing off to drummer Aberman who contributes a highly melodic two choruses of his own.

Way Station: Way Station proves to be a launching pad for the solo work of Kimball and Lano with much rhythmic urging and effective accompaniment supplied by Triola, Flora, and Aberman.

Far Away: This delightful ballad, a tribute to Nate's wife, Hitomi, is composed and performed with both tenderness and passion. Following Nate's love-letter solo, Steve Flora contributes a sensitive and understated solo of his own.

Road to La Coruna: This bossa nova may have been written by Kimball at the age of 16, but it is not hard to understand why it continues to be an excellent jazz vehicle. Triola takes the solo lead on this one constructing a well thought-out two choruses that build nicely to Kimball's entrance. It should be noted that Kimball, while technically capable of virtuosic technique, never indulges in pyrotechnical displays, Instead, his virtuosic moments originate from the natural building process of his solos. Lano contributes another pair of ever-evolving choruses.

Hello World: This tune wends its way through a melody that moves back and forth between ¾ and 4/4 time so smoothly that it requires the close attention of the listener to pick up on these movements. Kimball and Triola navigate these changing metric currents with seamless solos.

Back Home: This light-hearted, yet layback tune, brings the album to a close beginning with a rubato prelude moving into the head stated by Nate and his following thoughtful, yet not ponderous, solo. Bassist Steve Flora and guitarist Joe Lano then have a brief, but poignant, conversation punctuated by Larry Aberman's solo that returns to the head and is brought to and end with a re-statement of the prelude, now employed as a postlude to end the track.


Executive Producer: Ken Hanlon
Executive Director: Virko Baley
Producer: Nate Kimball
Recording & Mixing Engineer: Ron George
Mastering: Gil Kaupp
Photography: Matt Chichelli
Design & Layout: Nate Kimball

Recorded January 5 & 6th 2011, UNLV Recording Studio, Las Vegas, NV

Nate Kimball plays Rath Trombones exclusively.

This article was published on Aug 22, 2012.
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