German born guitarist and composer Nils resides since the mid-80's in
southern California. After visiting the musician institute in
Hollywood Nils started in the 80's as an engineer in a recording
studio. There he found the possibility to learn all technical tricks of
recording, which was very helpful to record his first album Blue
Planet, which was released in 1998 and received high acclaims.
After composing for movie and TV Nils had the chance to work with
Gabriele Anders, Rick Braun and others with the support of producer
Nils avoids to listen to much to smooth
jazz radio stations to keep his musical influences fresh. Nils plays
Valley Arts guitars,
like other Los
Angeles studio musicians and jazz guitarists such as Lee Ritenour,
Steve Lukather, Tommy Tedesco and Larry Carlton.
On the quiet Nils is an
avid lover of contemporary jazz although he realizes the needs of a
secure income nowadays. But when
he returned to his solo career it was as a smooth jazz guitarist with
Pacific Coast Highway (2005) followed by Ready To Play
(2007). After the tremendous success of both albums Nils is back with
Up Close And Personal (2009).
Supporting musicians of this album are
Clydene Jackson (keyboards, vocals), Oliver Brown (percussion), Ricky
Lawson (drums), Reggie Mc Bride and Alex Al (basses). There are also
some additional guest musicians like Shilts (sax), Larry Dunn (piano,
mini moog), Eddie Brown (vocals), Dan Farrow (clavinet) and more. Nils
composed all songs with the exception of Europa, which is an old
Santana song from the time of Woodstock.
In this time of
misery and recession there is still a remedy for relaxation and
switching off, Nils' music. Soul Mates has an immense
uplifting potential. Let's hum "We Are Soul Mates!" Up Close &
Personal is Nils' serious expression of his knowledge and impetus.
Quick and precise riffs define a captivating melody. Nils reveals that
professional craftsmanship and sultry melodies are no opposite.
Let's have a
dream. How about a Jazz Cruise? This is Nils' shout out to set
into sea. By the way
Smooth Jazz Cruise 2010 is sold out! The interest in the cruise is
unprecedented and very exciting. When Santana was touring with
Earth, Wind & Fire in Manchester, England, he played Europa
with Tom Coster who helped him with some of the chords and thus the
song was born. It was renamed to Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's
Smile) and released on his album Amigos (1976). Nils' rendition is
close to the original.
Never Let Go
(Of The One You Love) is a good example for Nils' impetus, to
create a melody in all its beauty. While your are still in the
intoxication of this melody, the albums fades over to the funky 60
10 29. The meanings of this magic number remains in the dark while
the song develops its dynamic.
Until I See You Again is featuring Larry Dunn on mini moog.
Larry Dunn was keyboardist, musical director and one of the founding
members of the music group Earth, Wind, & Fire. The clear guitar and
the waving keyboard sound nurture a hooking melody. And when we talk
about magic East Bay shouldn't be missed.
and bliss meet, there you will find Happy To C U. Sunshine is
in the air. Getting Hooked is a promise and a keeping.
Benson-like guitar chords and humming along let you feel good. Give up
everything but don't give up smooth jazz. Catalina is a beacon
for the Catalina
Island Jazz Festival and you shouldn't really miss it.
The melancholic Winter Dream
finalizes this awesome album.
Up Close And
Personal is a basket full of infectious melodies worth a second
listen. Nils enlightens the audience with that music, which makes
smooth jazz so fascinating.
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Title: Up Close & Personal
Genre: Smooth Jazz
01 Soul Mates [4:45]
02 Up Close & Personal [4:17]
03 Jazz Cruise [3:51]
04 Europa [4:24]
05 Never Let Go (Of The One You Love) [5:18]
06 60 10 29 [4:26]
07 Until I See You Again [4:38]
08 East Bay [4:12]
09 Happy To C U [4:16]
10 Getting Hooked [3:38]
11 Catalina [3:55]
12 Winter Rain [4:04]