Nils - Pacific Coast Highway

In my review about Stephan Oberhoff's album "Conversations" I already mentioned some German musicians immigrating to America to find their success in music business. Nils lives in Southern California since the 80's and has worked with George Benson, The Temptations, Rick Braun, Gabriella Anders, Gerald McCauley, Norman Connors, Marcus Johnson and a lot more notable artists. So it's quiet unusual that he didn't start his debut album a bit earlier. Citing George Benson's guitarist Michael O'Neill I would comment: "It's never too late!" Nils' new release obviously has found a great audience. Canada's smooth jazz magazine Jazz Lynx has even dedicated its title story of April to Nils' album. This week the album is standing at #10 at Radio & Records' smooth jazz chart. That means a lot of smooth jazz radio stations are burning out this album on their turntables.

The title song Pacific Coast Highway is captivating, a real earwig. A strong guitar melody backed by strings on a hard propulsive beat, we have often heard these ingredients but never get enough.

Back Pocket offers a strong synth bass line on which Nils develops his addicted-to-music- guitar licks. Slim Williams' keyboard solo is too short, but improvising is not the intention of this entertaining piece.

Georgy Porgy is a cover song written by David Paich, a member of the group Toto. A classic dance mix renewed by Nils' magic guitar. 

A romantic slowtempo cruise takes off with Coming Home. Mood is his flagship.

You've Got A Friend is the second cover on this veritable album. This piece was written by Carol King for the album "Now That Everything Is Said"  and performed with her group "The City" (1968). Popularized was the song by versions of "James Taylor", "Blood, Sweat and Tears" or "The Byrds".

On Cruisin'  Paul Jackson jr., Rob Mullins, Abe Loriel, Alex Acuna and Ronnie Foster are performing among others. The song is elegant and fashionable, designed for smooth jazz radio.

Played with ease Sneakin' is smoothly scrolling into my auditory canals. Kathryn Bostic has an ultra-sexy voice.

Nils' guitar sound is unbeatable flattering when he is turning on the reverb on Summer Nights.

Hey Ya is one of Nils' songs transformed to his guitar. I get this impression because Kathryn Bostic is humming this "Hey Ya" along Nil's performance. A very popular combination of guitars and vocals often presented on this intriguing album.

Keep Rollin' is a co-production of Nils and Gerald McCauley who is playing keyboards and synths on this groovy tune. Don't miss his albums "McCauley Sessions". Gerald Albright is playing sax and flute without outjumping the melody.

Nils' Kona Girl showcases his sensibilty in performing his acoustic guitar. By the way Kona is a district in Hawaii should you ever go there.

Latin flavored Baja California is the final seduction and promise: Let's meet us under the Californian sun.

Nils' album Pacific Coast Highway sums up all good sides of smooth jazz. 





  • Players:


    • Steve Ferrone (George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Average White Band) - drums
    • Abe Laboriel (Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles) - bass
    • Alex Acuna (Wayne Shorter, Rickie Lee Jones, Tracy Chapman) - percussion
    • Paul Jackson, Jr. (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Madonna) - guitar
    • Gerald Albright (Anita Baker, Whitney Houston) - sax and flute
    • Siedah Garrett (Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones) - vocals
    • Kathryn Bostic (The Manhattans, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Rod Stewart, David Byrne) - keyboards and background vocals
    • Slim Williams  - keyboards
    • Alex Al - bass
    • Hans Zermuehlen - keyboards
    • Kevin Richard - percussion
    • Steve Reid - percussion
    • Rastine Calhourn - sax
    • Rob Mullins - organ, keyboards
    • Ronnie Foster - piano
    • Larry Dunn - mini moog and strings
    • Enzo Todesco - drums
    • Gerald McCauley - synths, keyboards, programming and scats
    • Larry Steen - upright bass
    • Chris Trujillo - djembe
    • Andre Manga - bass
    • Eric MacKain - percussion