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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In smooth jazz, a number one radio hit is all it takes to turn an emerging talent into a bona fide genre star who gets all the best festival bookings. Raised on Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and lots of funk, Munich-born guitarist Nils was the big genre story in 2005, breaking through with the lively title track from his in-the-pocket debut, Pacific Coast Highway; the song was number one on the Radio & Records airplay chart for seven weeks and was dubbed the most played song in the format for the year. Inspired by this success, Nils offered no big surprises but still engaged his fans just as much on Ready to Play, a disc that kept his sleek, crisp electric axe front ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In smooth jazz, a number one radio hit is all it takes to turn an emerging talent into a bona fide genre star who gets all the best festival bookings. Raised on Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and lots of funk, Munich-born guitarist Nils was the big genre story in 2005, breaking through with the lively title track from his in-the-pocket debut, Pacific Coast Highway; the song was number one on the Radio & Records airplay chart for seven weeks and was dubbed the most played song in the format for the year. Inspired by this success, Nils offered no big surprises but still engaged his fans just as much on Ready to Play, a disc that kept his sleek, crisp electric axe front and center while further exploring his pop, jazz, and R&B-driven options. Almost as if it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, he titled the first single "Ready to Play," which was one of those immediately infectious, grooving, and percussive tracks that radio and listeners could gobble up. Also perfect for another drive down PCH are the sensual "Just Smile"; the dreamy and ambient wordless vocal-enhanced "Catnap" (which taps into a trippy electronica sound); the old-schoolin' funk of "Sunrise on Sunset"; and the hardest-grooving track of all, "Hi Five." Rather than rely on much machinery, Nils made a great decision to let the music reflect the seamless ensemble energy of his live performances. His whole touring band is featured: bassist Alex Al, keyboardist Leon Bisquera (who also plays Fender Rhodes), drummer Donnell Spencer, Jr., synth player and singer Clydene Jackson, and percussionist Oliver Brown. Other featured first-call sidemen include bassists Roberto Vally, Dwayne "Smitty" Smith, Reggie McBride, and keyboardist Larry Dunn.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2007
  • Label: Baja Records
  • UPC: 025221054625
  • Catalog Number: 546
  • Sales rank: 62,030

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ready to Play (4:09)
  2. 2 Just Smile (3:46)
  3. 3 Catnap (5:03)
  4. 4 Midnight Breeze (4:28)
  5. 5 Sunrise on Sunset (4:16)
  6. 6 You Gotta Be (3:58)
  7. 7 Dreamin' (4:39)
  8. 8 My Girl (4:25)
  9. 9 Hi Five (4:33)
  10. 10 Only You (4:41)
  11. 11 Hurry Up & Wait (4:22)
  12. 12 Last Night (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nils Primary Artist
Alex Al Bass
Oliver Brown Percussion
Clydene Jackson Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson Drums
Reggie McBride Bass
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Roberto Vally Bass
Han Zermuehlen Keyboards
Leon Bisquera Keyboards, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Dennis Moody Engineer
Michael Sena Engineer
Carmen Twillie Vocal Arrangements
Roberto Vally Composer, Programming, Producer
Leon Bisquera Composer, Programming, Producer
A. Ingram Composer
Nils Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Onother Hit Album by Nils

    Hot on the heels of one of the most successful Smooth Jazz albums of 2005-06 (Pacific Coast Highway), guitarist Nils has created another sure-fire winner for 2007 in READY TO PLAY. this CD is filled with great grooves and melodies from top to bottom. No filler here

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