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Nils – Play

Nils’new album entitled Play is a perfect metaphor for his easy-going, effortless ability to produce, compose, perform and engineer a 12 track collection of amazing hits. The endless studio hours spent have resulted in a unique yet very commercial sound that crosses into multiple formats. From the opening track ‘Coast to Coast’ to the sure to be radio single ‘Straight Down the Line’ and the soulful remake of the George Michael classic hit, ‘Careless Whispers’, Nils has delivered a collection of evergreen hits to be added to his stellar song catalog.

Calling on his musician friends and others to lend an ear and help with the many elements of the production, Nils’ chosen lineup has created an album of excellent sound quality and first class musicianship featuring Steve Cole, lead sax and sax solo; Daryl Williams, bass; Oliver C. Brown, percussion; Johnny Britt, keys, trumpet swells and trumpet solo; Jay-Jam, horns; Dov and the Love Star Strings, string section; Gail Johnson, piano; Eddie Brown, vocals; Tony Moore, drums; Roberto Vally, bass; Phillippe Saisse, keyboards; Mike Parlett, saxes; Mitch Foreman, piano; Clydene Jackson, vocals, Rhodes keyboard; Nate Harrison, keys; Charley Langer, saxes; Eric Valentine, drums; Brandon Willis, sax; Simon Phillips, drums.

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Nils – Alley Cat

German born guitarist Nils has impressed the audience with smooth jazz albums like Pacific 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.

On his 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 and Kathryn Bostic (vocals), Reggie Codrington, 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. Don’t 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.

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Nils – Alley Cat

Alley CatNils new album Alley Cat has been a year in the making, not that Nils isn’t very prolific and can write, produce, arrange and perform radio friendly hits at the drop of a guitar pick. It’s just that he has been a man demand. Keeping busy with writing and performing on the current chart hit ‘Harmony Park’ by Nate Harrison which features Nils & Dave Koz or being featured on Brian Simpson’s latest album or having produced three upcoming albums for various new artists. All this plus the release of his ‘Best of Nils’ album and numerous club and festival performances yet he has still managed to produce what should be another chart topper, Alley Cat.

The album will be released August 21, 2015. Pre-order it now at Amazon.com.

Nils – Jazz Gems – The Best of Nils

JG_cover_350 Jazz Gems – The Best of Nils, could easily be titled “The Best of Contemporary Jazz” and it’s pure joy and exhilaration reliving these masterfully composed and produced Hits” – Jonathan Widran

Nils has been one of the most successful artists in the Contemporary Jazz genre. With 3 number 1 Hits in the Billboard Smooth Jazz charts, including the Song of the Decade 2001-2010 “Pacific Coast Highway” and Song of the Year 2011 ” Jump Start”, he stands out amongst his peers.

So click the order button and get instant access to Nils’ latest album, “Jazz Gems – The Best of Nils”. Enjoy 15 top 20 Hits on this incredible collection.

Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012

Promoter and event manager Christian Bößner has fulfilled his lifelong dream. If he wants to hear and see a great musician, he invites him to his Smooth Jazz Festival. His festivals in Bregenz, Munich, Austria, Mallorca and Augsburg are legend.

Musicians like Peter White, Rick Braun, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Dave Koz, Jessy J, Paul Brown, Rocco Ventrella, Jonathan Fritzén, Gerald Albright, Martin Ehlers Trio, David Benoit, Walter “Chepe” Blanco, John Odio, Paul “Shilts” Weimar, Chuck Loeb, Joyce Cooling, Steve Oliver, Michael Lington, Club des Belugas, Marcus Johnson, Richard Elliot, Gabin, Chieli Minucci, Alex Bugnon, Marion Meadows, De Phazz, Praful, Pat Appleton, Jaared, Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius, Jeff Lorber, Marc Antoine, Warren Hill, UNÉ and Adani & Wolf followed his invitation.

His events are varied. He surprises the audience constantly with new programs. As he always opens up new places and venues, it is also not boring for the audience concerning this aspect. But apparently is his hometown Augsburg the constant in his career as promoter. Thus, the Smooth Jazz Festival in Augsburg is meanwhile tradition and institution. Evidently provides the Kurhaus Göggingen all the elements for a successful festival.

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Nils – City Groove

The fact that Nils was born in Germany, is based more on a pure coincidence. Long ago he has made his own American way of life. His music is full of inspirations for his American musical colleagues. Highlights of his solo career are the smooth jazz albums Pacific Coast Highway (2005), Ready To Play (2007) and Up Close And Personal (2009).

In September Nils will be one of the headliners of the Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg 2012. Just in time he releases his new album City Groove on September 18, 2012. According to the liner notes of his upcoming CD he is joined by Ricky Lawson and Simon Phillips (drums), Darryl Jones, Reggie McBride and Alex Al (bass), Clydene Jackson and Mitch Forman (keys), Oliver Brown (percussion), Johnny Britt (trumpet), Dov (live strings), Eddie Brown (vocals), Jeff Golub (guitar).

The introducing title song presents trumpet player Johnny Britt, who delivers jazzy overtones to Nils’ earth bounded guitar loops. Casablanca is Morocco’s door to Europe. However don’t await Arabian sounds. This song crystallizes Nils’ typical guitar play with melodious chords on a pattern with wah-wah effects.

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Nils – What The Funk?

Is it a little wonder that Nils became so popular? No, it’s his unique and signature sound and his dynamic presence producing a well-seen musician on every big festival.

Best known as a smooth jazz guitarist by his solo projects Pacific Coast Highway (2005), Ready To Play (2007) and Up Close And Personal (2009) he now gives his music a new touch for the next generation.

What The Funk? is the question and the title of his new album, which was released in 2010. Most of the tunes are written and arranged by Nils, but he invited some great cats like Oliver Brown (percussion), Alex Al (bass), Reggie McBride (bass), Ricky Lawson (drums), Clydene Jackson (keyboards) and many more to make his album vivid and attractive.

Nils gives us a first impression of the new direction with Shake It. Shake your booty, wiggle and enjoy the music. The Hump continues the catchy mood. C’est la vie!

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