The newest creation by guitarist Neal Alger is the Here & Now Quartet featuring Chris Madsen on saxophone, Clark Sommers on bass, and Neil Hemphill on drums. The quartet with have a musical focus on original compositions by Neal Alger and some of his favorite Blue Note Record Label classics by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and more.
It makes perfect sense that Neal Alger's jazz guitar style and compositions reflect a variety of styles and approaches. Over the years, Neal has played different kinds of music and they've continued to influence him up to this day. For example, Neal performed hard rock/heavy metal as a teenager and co-wrote nearly all of the music in his first rock band entitled Requiem.
Right before and during college, the jazz bug caught Neal and he began listening to legends like saxophonist Charlie Parker and pianist Chick Corea. While participating in Northern Illinois University's Jazz Ensemble, Neal had the privilege of sharing the stage with Clark Terry, Tito Puente, Claudio Roditi, and Jon Faddis. These artists unknowingly started Neal's love for Brazillian and Afro-Cuban music as well as straight-ahead jazz.