The last time Shilts and I met was on the first
tour of America by a then virtually unknown
Down To the Bone. They were
selling albums by the bucketload
and everyone from the
stations to the buying public thought that they were from
York. It was the sound
did it-raw, funky, and jazzy with a definite urban
To confuse the issue further none of the on
band was officially DTTB.
They were two quiet young men called Stuart
and Chris hanging out
the bar with some
had known them both for some years as purveyors of fine jazz/soul out
by chance was far more commercially received in Japan. Now
here, I was in Orlando
people that I knew take America and the Smooth Jazz scene by storm.
meant to stay for just one set.
3 A.M. I had even forgotten
to phone my wife to say that I would
A word of advice not related to anything remotely to do
with music-never do this,
from me this is not a good move--- So what may me stay? Apart from music which
go from the opening bars it was the musicianship and sheer charisma of
lead sax player-one
trading of funky vibes from one side of the club to
the other refusing
to let go even when he
himself behind the bar at one stage was one
of those rare musical occasions when one feels
it can’t get much better than this.
here he is now with his debut solo set. Sounding very much like, Down to
surprising really when the skeleton of the band is also playing on the
from a musical family dominates 11 tracks with his very funky saxophone.
also wrote the
which in the main are infectious and downright quality smooth jazz.
The track which Shilts
to the London Underground –Mind The Gap –is probably
the best of the
, the added brass of ‘ Tequila Frenzy’ gives it a hard run for
it’s money.The title
What Happens ‘ is another track that starts at a pace and refuses to
let go until
it fades out.
the funky revolution from England end? Though the last album from
sounded a little
at the edges; on the evidence of this there is a lot of life in the
you want to know why Shilts goes by this name and not his real identity
of Paul Weimar,
to do with Lulu and the legendary England goalkeeper Peter Shilton !
lips are sealed.!
FOR THOSE WITH FUNKY FEET........FEEL THE RHYTHM................
DECLARES THIS A MUST BUY AT AN OFFICIAL 9/10