Ready to Play

Ready to Play

by Nils


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2007
Label: Baja Records
UPC: 0025221054625
catalogNumber: 546
Rank: 88882

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
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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Ready to Play 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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