born guitarist Nils has impressed the audience with smooth jazz albums
Coast Highway (2005), Ready To Play (2007), Up Close
And Personal (2009) and City Groove (2012). After one
year in the making he is now releasing his new project Alley Cat.
new CD he is joined by late Ricky Lawson (drums),
Darryl Williams, Reggie McBride and Carsten Schmelzer (bass), Clydene Jackson and
Nate Harasim (keys), Oliver Brown (percussion), Johnny Britt
(keyboards, trumpet and flugelhorn), Eddie Brown
Kathryn Bostic (vocals),
Eric Marienthal (sax), DOV (strings, violas), Malcom Pearson (cello) and more.
Many of his established companions.
With Two of a Kind Nils starts a
fresh and uplifting guitar tune, a captivating burner with a
straight melody. Alley Cat is a song like a full-bodied wine,
topped off with strings and a horn arrangement. Donít Hold
Back shines with Nils' typical hooking guitar play, one can
hear on all of his previous albums. Johnny Britt and The JayBeez Hornz
deliver some icing on the top with an easy going horn arrangement.
Saturday Night is the time to celebrate
life and Nils offers the perfect hymn to keep it with elegance. Some
Benson like guitar riffs (Give Me The Night) are
finally dropped in. With Call of the Sirens Nils does not
rely on the smooth jazz approach, but gives solely space to the beauty of
the guitar sound. If you are familiar with Eric Clapton, you will
When smooth jazz and guitar music merge their beauties In A
Moment, the melody is self propelling. With Open Space
Nils mesmerizes us again showcasing his great talent as guitarist
and composer on the same level as Peter Green or Lindsey Buckingham.
On Malibu the L.A. resident spreads some local flair.
Spin Cycle indulges in the waves of Orchestral Manoeuvres in
the Dark, reveling in the musical possibilities of new romance.
The advantage of an own home studio allows Nils
to shape his music like on Night Flyer to reach the optimum
in his format. That Nils has recognized the signs of the time, shows
up on Milkshake performing right in the modern wind of
smooth jazz. With a formidable brass backup of
Eric Marienthal, Johnny Britt and The JayBeez Hornz combined
with the urban stomp of Lawson and Brown there is indeed hustle and
bustle. Since Pacific Coast Highway singer and composer
Kathryn Bostic is no unknown to Nils' audience.
Everything is their common gem.
Alley Cat offers a fascinating overview over the musical
range of the spectacular guitarist Nils. Across all genres every one
of his compositions combine the love for the ultimate melody.