Archive for October 1st, 2010

Shilts – Going Underground

Going Underground is the new album of Paul Weimar, who is better known as Shilts. Why Shilts? Paul comments: “English goalkeeper Peter Shilton allowed a goal to go through his legs and I jumped up and screamed at the TV, “Shilts! What have you done?” The whole tour, anytime someone made a mistake, we’d say that, and it soon became my nickname.”

Shilts’ career is strongly connected with the London Acid Jazz scene. His soulful, funky saxophone style was loved by The Brand New Heavies, whose touring member he was for 6 years. During this time he met Neil Cowley, which in turn led to an introduction to Chris J. Morgans at Internal Bass and Stuart Wade, the creative forces behind DTTB. For a long period he was the face of DTTB presenting the group as anchor man during their world wide tours.

His debut album See What Happens was released in 2000 by Higher Octave records. With his move from London to L.A. in 2004 Shilts concentrated now on the American music market and quickly found a connection to top acts like Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown and Peter White. A logical move because lots of record stores, labels and clubs in London were closed to that time.

Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, co-founder of the label ARTizen Music, signed Shilts releasing his sophomore album HeadBoppin in 2006. His third album Jigsaw Life found a home at nuGroove Records. The music business isn’t running well, so Shilts’ new album is now available on Shilts’ own record label. The easiest way to get a copy is now on CDBaby.

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