Sax player Paul Weimar is better known
as Shilts and as a former member of the project Down To The Bone. This
project was founded by Stuart Wade under the influence of the acid
jazz movement (Chris Bangs, Gilles Peterson and Chris Brown). He
founded Internal Bass Records together with Chris Morgans. During the
first years DTTB and Stuart's label had a tremendous surprising
success swapping over the ocean to U.S.' shores.
On the second album The Urban Grooves
(1998) Shilts joined the project and was now part of the history
of this formation. After numerous tours and seven albums of DTTB
Shilts was the recognizable face of this formation. His debut album
See What Happens (2000) was awarded with the Smooth Jazz Award.
After his move to L.A. in 2004 he performed on many smooth jazz events
with Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber,
Paul Brown and Peter White. HeadBoppin was released on ARTizen in
2006. In 2008 Paul Weimar separated from DTTB mainly because of
different tour schedules and interests.
Shilts found his new home on nuGroove
Records which resulted in the release of Jigsaw Life (2008).
Shilts is supported by Bill Steinway (Fender Rhodes, piano), Nate
Phillips (bass), Randy Jacobs (guitar). Most of the songs were written
by Shilts partly with Bill Steinway.
With the starting tune Piece By Piece
Shilts reveals his departure from the typical DTTB-sound. More
mellow, more melodious, Paul Weimar follows the path of smooth jazz.
Somehow a rush in judgment. Back On
The Hudson brings the funk back and the acid jazz flavor. Randy
Jacobs on guitar is the funk master. Be sure to get a copy of Randy's
new solo instrumental CD From Me To You, with appearances from Mindy Abair, Andre Berry, Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Wendy Moten, Bob Sheppard
and Wayman Tisdale, it is a stellar outing.
It's easy to fulfill Shilts' wish
Smile For Me while listening to his tune. Near the end of the song
you can hear Morgan Weimar's giggle. Broken Silence is a hot
mixture of some Latin guitar flavor with funky beats and Shilts'
remarkable sax. Randy performs acoustic guitar in the style of Peter
White. What a surprise.
Too Close To The Edge is a
testimonial for some more edges in smooth jazz. Better burn your
finger in the fire than burn out your music. Listen Up offers a
nice smooth jazz melody in the typical overdubbing technique with
Randy's gorgeous Motown guitar groove.
Outside The Box brings more edges
to the album. Let's rock again. But Shilts fully understands and
masters the sweets of smooth jazz. A Promise Is A Promise has
so much temptations.
Ain't It Marvelous brings more
fresh wind to the album. On Time Gentlemen Please Shilts shows
more of sax man's craftsmanship.
Shilt's Jigsaw Life is a further
milestone in Paul Weimar's personal development as sax player and a
superb musical explanation for his own way.
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Title: Jigsaw Life
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: NuGroove Music
01 Piece By Piece [5:00]
02 Back On The Hudson [4:32]
03 Smile For Me [4:07]
04 Broken Silence [5:33]
05 Too Close To The Edge [4:37]
06 Listen Up [5:54]
07 Outside The Box [4:45]
08 A Promise Is A Promise [4:40]
09 Ain't It Marvelous [4:50]
10 Time Gentlemen Please [4:37]