Nils – Alley Cat (2015)

Nils - Alley Cat (2015)
Artist: Nils
Album: Alley Cat
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2015
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
Two Of A Kind (4:10)
Alley Cat (3:19)
Don’t Hold Back (4:00)
Saturday Night (3:48)
Call Of The Sirens (5:13)
In The Moment (3:56)
Open Space (3:34)
Malibu (3:43)
Spin Cycle (3:37)
Night Flyer (3:59)
Milkshake (3:45)
Everything (3:49)

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Never one to shy away from creating a monster groove, guitarist/keyboardist/compose/producer Nils is back at it again with his latest Nils CDrelease Alley Cat, a funky dance-friendly groovester with polish and definition. His compositional and production prowess has already been well established, having created and produced hits for such artists as Al DeGregoris, Nate Harasim, and Brian Simpson. Now, he again turns his focus toward cranking out his own vibrant project.

All tracks here are or co-written written by the multi-talented instrumentalist and include solid contributions from the late drummer Ricky Lawson, bassist Reggie Brown, keyboardist Nate Harasim, saxman Reggie Codrington, trumpeters Ray Codrington and Johnny Britt and the JayBeez (who also handle flugelhorn and horn arrangements), percussionist/vocalist Clydene Jackson, and a whole host of other glittering talent.

Kicking it off with the funky “Two of a Kind,” Nils glides right into the strutting R&B/blues-tinged title track. Something here is so reminiscent of our beloved and departed fellow guitarist Jeff Golub. I wish I could have witnessed the two of them perform live together. I just know that would have been one killer performance!

Ah, the sweet beauty of really talented guitarists who “get it.” Nils has belonged in that category since he burst onto the scene years ago. I first got wind of this magnificent guitarist with his 2005 release Pacific Coast Highway, which quickly cemented him in the hearts of smooth jazzers everywhere.

Back to the current album, in addition to the lively tracks mentioned above, there are such easy soulful offerings as “Call of the Sirens” and “Open Space.” Hauntingly beautiful.

The cool blend of hot & cool works for Nils here just as effectively as it has always worked. Of course, could you expect anything different from one who keeps the pedal to the metal musically? – Ronald Jackson

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