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  • JAKE NAJOR AND THE MOMENT OF TRUTH’S NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘IN THE CUT’ IS OUT MARCH 29TH VIA THE REDWOODS MUSIC!

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GO-TO BEATMAKER AND RENOWN SESSION DRUMMER STEPS INTO THE LIMELIGHT WITH THIS NEW FUNK/SOUL DEBUT LP!

    DEBUT SINGLE “HIGH COSTA LIVING” AVAILABLE NOW ON 7″ VINYL VIA COLEMINE RECORDS!

    Click here to download a hi-res photo of Jake Najor (credit: Kristy Walker) and In The Cut album art

    Over the past twenty years, when musicians and producers in Southern California have needed fresh R&B, funk, or hip hop beats, they’ve called on drummer Jake Najor. A former bandmember of Breakestra, Incredible Moses Leroy, and The Styletones, Najor has performed or recorded with scores of noteworthy artists, including TV on the Radio, Raphael Saadiq, Kelis, Joss Stone, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Karl Denson, Rodriguez and Empire of the Sun.

    When not on tour, the San Diego native performs with a wide network of local musicians, including as a member of the house band for The Redwoods Music record label. It’s with the Redwoods that the veteran drummer has taken the lead on a new project, Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth. While most of Najor’s career has been spent contributing percussion in service to the visions of his collaborators, with his debut record, In the Cut, Najor has been the one enlisting players from his musical cohort to flesh out ten tracks of original grooves, ranging from soulful cinematic instrumentals to hard hitting funk jams.

    The album’s lead single, “High Costa Living,” lands in the latter camp. It features an accomplished roster of west coast funk players, including a potent brass section led by trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon (Antibalas, Ziggy Marley, Quantic), and including James King (Fitz and Tantrums), Elizabeth Lea (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Sam Robles (Jungle Fire), Tim Felten (Sure Fire Soul Ensemble) Nick Costa (Sure Fire Soul Ensemble) Matt LaBarber (Cardinal Moon) behind the gritty vocals of MixMaster Wolf (Breakestra). “High Costa Living” sets the tone for a record loaded with dynamic performances to match the syncopated rhythms laid down by So Cal’s go-to beatmaker.

    Jake Najor and the Moment of Truth’s new LP In The Cut will be released on vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats on March 29th via The Redwoods Music. Click here to order

    FOR MORE INFO ON JAKE NAJOR AND THE MOMENT OF TRUTH:
    http://www.theredwoodsmusic.com/thenaj

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  • Here’s what folks have been saying about “In The Cut”

    • “A contemporary funky, cinematic take on the classic soul genre… a sort of Booker T and the MGs meets Isaac Hayes.” – SOUL AND JAZZ AND FUNK
    • “The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble drummer hits it out of the park on this side project. Talk about heaters. Shit man, these mofos know what the uplift party plan is on the seven inch side, ya dig? Think of Jesse Gresham Plus 3 ‘Shootin’ The Grease’ but heavier and with dynamite vocals. Raw and funky as your Pop Pop’s drawers, there is something in the West Coast water because this sound is out of sight. The flip, ‘Grab A Soda,’ is another heat rock. Drums galore, fuzzy guitars, and stank for days, this side is just as hot as the A.” – FLEA MARKET FUNK

      Big shout-out to all these great radio stations for all the killer spins from Jake Najor & The Moment of Truth’s new LP ‘In The Cut’…

      Basic Soul Show (UK)
      The Face Radio (Brooklyn, NY)
      KBEM (Minneapolis, MN)
      KDNK (Carbondale, CO)
      KPTZ (Townsend, WA)
      KRFC (Fort Collins, CO)
      KVSC (St. Cloud, MN)
      WESU (Middletown (CT)
      WGLT (Normal, IL)
      WKKL (Cape Cod, MA)
      WMPG (Maine)
      WMSE (Milwaukee WI)
      WRCT (Pittsburgh, PA)
      WRUW (Cleveland, OH)
      WSUM (Madison, WI)
      WYCE (Grand Rapids, MI)