fact that Nils was born in Germany, is based more on a pure
coincidence. Long ago he has made his own American way of life. His
music is full of inspirations for his American musical colleagues.
Highlights of his solo career are the smooth jazz albums Pacific
Coast Highway (2005), Ready To Play (2007) and Up Close
And Personal (2009).
In September Nils will be one of the headliners of the Smooth Jazz
Festival Augsburg 2012. Just in time he releases his new album City
Groove on September 18, 2012. According to the liner notes of his
upcoming CD he is joined by Ricky Lawson and Simon Phillips (drums),
Darryl Jones, Reggie McBride and Alex Al (bass), Clydene Jackson and
Mitch Forman (keys), Oliver Brown (percussion), Johnny Britt
(trumpet), Dov (live strings), Eddie Brown (vocals), Jeff Golub
The introducing title song presents trumpet player Johnny Britt, who
delivers jazzy overtones to Nils' earth bounded guitar loops.
Casablanca is Morocco's door to Europe. However don't await
Arabian sounds. This song crystallizes Nils' typical guitar play with
melodious chords on a pattern with wah-wah effects.
With Sunset Blvd Nils studies the connection to the great
historic guitar melodies that have influenced him. On Let's Bounce
he makes a major step to his performance style, which dominates his
live appearance onstage. To understand what funk is all about I
suggest to listen to Funk In Da House. Do you get the groove?
Get On The Dance Floor highlights Nils influences like Earth,
Wind & Fire or Kool and the Gang. This sound is so captivating, when
it weren't invented, the creation would be a must. The album also has
romantic moments such as Red Wine And Sunsets. Call Me
presents more alluring guitar stuff. Nils appeals from the full
potential of his guitar.
The uplifting Have An Attitude brings to light another facet of
this great guitarist. Nils celebrates the song dynamically, fully
developed and purposefully. On Soul 2 Soul Nils meets guitar
great Jeff Golub. Both play at such a high level that Eric Clapton may
be jealous. Nils has a very distinctive sound. Up And Away is a
good example for this narrative guitar play. Alchemy is the
discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life. With The
Alchemist Nils makes gold out of his guitar sound.
With his fourth smooth jazz album Nils thrills his audience with a
keen sense of the ultimate sound. City Groove is certainly a
new chart topper. Hopefully Nils will bless us in the future with more
live performances to give his album a stronger voice.