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Click here for a summary of reviews of No Time Like Now (long)
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print press clippings

FEATURE ARTICLE in July 2012 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine here
NEW International Print Press: 5-STAR Review of NTLN in April Issue of Jazz Journal UK here
NEW REVIEW in April issue of Greek jazz magazine Jazz & Tzaz with English translation here
Review of NTLN in June 2012 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine here
Noteworthy performance listing in March 2012 issue of Jazz Inside NY magazine here
Full-length interview in April 2012 Issue of Jazz Inside NY here
FEATURE ARTICLE in Jazziz magazine's August 2007 Guitar Issue here
Interview in 20th Century Guitar magazine's May 2007 Guitars Center Stage column here

critical praise for
No Time Like Now...

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reviews of The Messenger...


"When the trio lineup consists of guitar, organ and drums, you can be pretty confident that funk will be on the menu. And that's certainly the case with the debut release from guitarist Nick Moran and his trio, but there's much more as well - slippery modal abstraction, swinging bebop, tender and contemplative ballads. And he plays like a house on fire. Highly recommended."
-Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist: New Releases for Libraries
(reproduced with permission from Baker & Taylor, Inc.)

"[Moran] leads this superb organ combo effort with undeniable charm and lots of gusto.... this isn't run-of-the-mill stuff: They disseminate a wondrous group-centric vibe throughout."
-Glenn Astarita, ejazzNews.com

"As a fluid guitarist possessing a unique vocal-like style, Moran sizzles expressively on the program's blazing-fast numbers as well as on his soulful ballads. He drives the trio with fire."
-Jim Santella, Cadence Magzine

"Most guitar-organ-drums trios play blues, bop and ballads in a style similar to Jimmy Smith's combos, or jam on fairly simple soul jazz vamps. In contrast, guitarist Nick Moran's trio with organist Ed Withrington and drummer Andy Watson stretches the idiom a bit while still swinging in a soulful fashion...The three musiicans interact closely, they form an attractive ensemble sound, and often seem to think as one, sounding well- rehearsed or at least very intuitive. Moran's guitar sound, while sometimes hinting at rock, also has ties to the jazz guitar tradition, Wirthrington has ties to 1960s organists but displays his own approach, and drummer Watson is stimulating in support of the lead voices."
-Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

"Nick (g) leads an organ trio with Ed Withrington (B3) and Andy Watson (d). Moran plays a big box Gibson guitar and extracts big sounds from it. He composed all nine of these tracks. They are not all burners however as they simmer down for 'Indigo City' and 'The Black Rose.' But when they cook, it's a tasty meal as on 'Sensory Awakening.' They go mid-tempo on 'The Secret Life,' with a festive hint of Latin rhythms and then get funky on 'That Greasy Stuff,' a winner, before wrapping it up with the fusion laced 'Shorter Steps.' Nick touches many points on this recording showing a great deal of versatility. We preferred Moran in the kitchen cooking like on the cool opener cool 'Papa George'."
D. Oscar Groomes, O's Place Jazz Newsletter

"New York-based guitarist Nick Moran heads up his triothat boasts organist Ed Withrington and drummer Andy Watson. Infusing one of jazz's most beloved formations, the trio makes their message a memorable one. Nine original tunes by Moran reveal a variety of pleasures in musical form. Pick your favorite from the funky "Papa George," the hard-bop swing section of the title track, saluting New York via the introspective "lndigo City," followed by the fast-paced "Sensory Awakening," and the gentle mid- tempo bossa sound of "The Secret Life." Different textures are fashioned with sounds as the groovy "That Greasy Stuff," the soothing "The Black Rose," along with a mix of the modern and the classic on "Perfect Moment," and a tribute to the compositions of Wayne Shorter, titled "Shorter Steps." Excellent debut by the Nick Moran Trio!"
-Bob Morello, Boston Post Gazette

"I heard this album and think that this trio sounds really special and original... Really wonderfull album that I'll play on my shows next week for sure!!!"
-Jean-Michele Reisser, Host, "Jazz City" on FM 93.8 , Geneva

"Moran is a good young guitarist with a lyrical bebop bent and an alert harmonic faculty."
-Doug Ramsey
Author of Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond

"I really like it, Nick. Funky grooves and nice arrangements. Very tasteful order of the tunes. The transitions between songs seems effortless. It is among my favorites."
-Jaana Kantola, kaikumusic.com