based jazz guitarist Nils belongs to the first guard of top guitarists of the
smooth jazz genre with albums
like Blue Planet (1998), Pacific
Coast Highway (2005), Ready To Play (2007), Up Close
And Personal (2009), What The Funk (2010), City Groove (2012), Alley Cat
and Play (2018). His new album Caught In
The Groove (2020) meets an audience in difficult times.
Nils plays on the album guitars, synths, Rhodes and programming. He is
supported on selected tracks by Oliver C. Brown (percussion), Johnny
Britt (organ, vocals and horns), Mitch Forman (piano), Derrick Dmar
Martin, Tony Moore, Gorden Cambell (drums), Darryl Williams, Reggie
McBride, Darryl Jones, Carsten Schmelzer (bass), Clydene Jackson
(Rhodes), and Dov and the LoveStar Strings (live string section).
The album is started by the title track, a
dynamic rollover in soft rock infused style of the 80's pushing you to
the next level of groove. Mitch Forman on piano and Johnny Britt on
horns add some special glam up to the sonic hit train. The uplifting
Good Times are Better brings back the Pacific Coast feeling,
which makes smooth jazz so great.
Outa Sight begins gently and
ingratiatingly, but then gets a pressure-packed punch. This is further
emphasized by the fact that Nils sets small high chordal riffs between
the melody sequence. Above the Clouds is undoubtedly the
sonic crown of this album with a formidable attraction. Johnny Britt
delivers with vocals and horns an amelioration which lifts the song to
an EWF eternal hit category.
Stratmosphere is an artificial word
formed from stratosphere and atmosphere. It appropriately and sensibly
describes the floating ethereal sound of Nils' guitar performance.
My Mornings With You are the wonderful moments of life full of
harmony and peacefulness, full of love and hugs. Nils has captured
these instants of happiness and vibes perfectly.
On Mind Games Nils embraces a brain
blowing melody with strong chords showcasing in every way his mastery.
I like The Way You Do It melts dreamily mainstream vocal pop
Clydene Jackson with instrumental smooth jazz to a captivating hook.
Life Is What you Make It is wise advice
and statement. The song radiates peace and confidence in these dark
times. All Roads Lead To You is an awesome love ballad, which
is understandable for those who can listen. With Finally Here
and When I Think Of You Nils has two more hot irons in the
All songs on this new album have been written by
Nils himself. The extraordinary density of creative power also in the
instrumental realization makes Nils to one of the most outstanding
guitarists who are acting in this century.