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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Baja Records
  • UPC: 025221054526
  • Catalog Number: 545
  • Sales rank: 14,928

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pacific Coast Highway (4:56)
  2. 2 Back Pocket (4:17)
  3. 3 Georgy Porgy (4:52)
  4. 4 Coming Home (4:46)
  5. 5 You've Got a Friend (5:12)
  6. 6 Cruisin (4:42)
  7. 7 Sneakin' (5:02)
  8. 8 Summer Nights (3:58)
  9. 9 Hey Ya (4:53)
  10. 10 Keep Rollin' (4:57)
  11. 11 Kona Girl (3:29)
  12. 12 Baja California (3:54)
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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 Jr. Rhythm Guitar
Abraham Laboriel Sr. 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 III 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
Steve Hall Mastering
David Paich Composer
Joe Wolfe Composer, Producer, drum programming, Audio Production
Gerald McCauley Composer, Programming, Producer
Nils Audio Production
Nils Composer
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