Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

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by Nils
     
 
Although the veteran composer/guitarist's website could use a major update -- it is contemporary to 1998 -- he's right in the pocket of modern smooth jazz with his 2005 release. He comes with a solid pedigree in the genre, having recorded a duet with George Benson (who also once covered "Keep Rollin'," given a trippy-moody makeover here)

Overview

Although the veteran composer/guitarist's website could use a major update -- it is contemporary to 1998 -- he's right in the pocket of modern smooth jazz with his 2005 release. He comes with a solid pedigree in the genre, having recorded a duet with George Benson (who also once covered "Keep Rollin'," given a trippy-moody makeover here), and working with Rick Braun, Marcus Johnson and Gabriela Anders. But his all-star associations aren't as important as his facility for melody and groove, and he does well on both counts here, beginning with the bright, vibrant Norman Brown-like title track, playing it snappy and funky on "Back Pocket" and showing a more intimate side with "Coming Home." Lively, swinging breezy gems like "Cruisin'" show off a powerful ability to collaborate with some of the genre's best sidemen, including Abe Laboriel, Rob Mullins, Alex Acuña and Paul Jackson, Jr., whose influence on the guitarist is apparent throughout the project. While he's solid as a writer of radio-friendly tunes, he includes a few covers for variety, one a throbbing twist on "You've Got a Friend," the other a much more eventful and interesting bluesy jam on Toto's minor hit "Georgy Porgy." Whether Nils can break through to the genre elite is up in the air, but he's certainly got some good material here to start him on his way.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Baja Records
UPC:
0025221054526
catalogNumber:
545
Rank:
1547

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nils   Primary Artist,Various
Gerald Albright   Flute
Ronnie Foster   Piano
Rob Mullins   Organ,Synthesizer
Steve Reid   Percussion
Chanté Moore   Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Alex Al   Bass
Dan Farrow   Keyboards
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Joe Heredia   Drums
Paul Jackson   Rhythm Guitar
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Eric McKain   Percussion
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Enzo Todesco   Drums
Chris Trujillo   Djembe
Joe Wolfe   Keyboards
Han Zermuehlen   Keyboards
Larry Steen   Upright Bass
Gerald McCauley   Synthesizer,Keyboards,scat
Rastine Calhoun   Saxophone
Steve Reid   Percussion
Slim Williams   Keyboards,fender rhodes,Soloist
Andrea Mange   Bass
John Hart   Bass
Dov   Strings
Kathryn Bostic   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
David Paich   Composer
Joe Wolfe   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Gerald McCauley   Composer,Programming,Producer
Nils   Composer,Audio Production

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Pacific Coast Highway 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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