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19.8.14

Gregor Hilden


Gregor Hilden - Westcoast Blues - 1998 - Acoustic Music Records

"His style has matured, its lines have even more charm and his sound is very direct and straightforward." (Udo Pipper, music scene, January 1999) "The new CD" West Coast Blues "the most comprehensive, most coherent and imaginative largest work of this Munster blues and soul specialists comes on the market. Hilden stirred with 15 titles on the nearly 70-minute disc atmospheric Blues ballads, jazzy original compositions, driving Shuffles and soulful grooves to an entertaining R & B Cocktail of the extra-black variety. " (City Sound, October 1998) "The guitar work of Germany's Gregor Hilden is phenomenally calculated is and Measured. ... The ax work of Mr. Hilden is indeed a pleasure to take in, unadulterated blues with masterful executions. ... These are brilliant Compositions and arrangements ... "(Mark A. Cole, Big City Blues, February / March 1999) "Guitarist Hilden Has a great touch on his guitar and a feel for a wide range of material ... Watch for this guy. " (Blues Access, Spring 1999) ,, Very relaxed plays the likeable guitarist Gregor Hilden, although supported by a restrained but swinging band and the excellent singer Fay Victor, from all his skills. And they are considerable. "(Concerto)

German guitarist Gregor Hilden has been active in the soul/jazz/blues scene for over 15 years and proves that the authentic blues sound is not only heard in American cities like Memphis or New Orleans, but can also be heard in places like Münster/Westphalia. The trade magazine "Gitarre und Bass" in a feature article appropriately described Gregor Hilden’s playing as "economical, flexible and elegant". Gregor plays a blend of soul, blues and swing and his influences come from guitarists like Peter Green, Larry Carlton, Wes Montgomery and many more. His playing is "honest" but highly skilled. He is not a "flashy" player, but his phrasing is lean, very cultured, and he celebrates traditional and modern blues and jazz with great panache. He plays his Telecaster in a razor-sharp crisp, clear style and he can graduate from a cool, laid back style to a much more "grittier" style in a few chord changes, and he has the ability to demonstrate these great tonal qualities without adding any dramatic changes or special effects in the studio. Brooklyn vocalist Fay Victor complements Gregor’s playing beautifully with her bluesy, melancholy vocals. If you like the sound of authentic vintage guitar with a slight retro blues style and melodic jazz sounds, you may enjoy this album of original songs and covers, by greats including Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins and Peter Green. In Gregor's case, "less is definitely more". Listen to Gregor’s great “Blue In Red” album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 149 Mb]

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1. Down Home Blues - Trad (3:58)
2. The Ghetto - Hathaway & Hudson (5:08)
3. Heart Of The City - Hilden, Victor, & Musikverlag (7:20)
4. Ocean Breeze Motel - Hilden & Musikverlag (3:49)
5. Ooh Wee Baby - Hill (2:32)
6. Sleepwalk - S.Farina, J.Farina, & A.Farina (6:26)
7. New York Blues - Hilden & Musikverlag (3:40)
8. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Zawinul (4:15)
9. Sunnymoon For Two - Rollins (2:33)
10. Since I Fell For You - Johnson (7:32)
11. Proud Pinto - Green (4:53)
12. Westcoast Blues - Montgomery (3:28)
13. Little Funky Thang - Hilden & Musikverlag (3:29)
14. Beale Street Strut - Hilden & Musikverlag (5:06)
15. Apostle - Green (2:11)

MUSICIANS

Gregor Hilden: Guitars
Matthias Rethmann:Bass
Georg Mahr: Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes Piano
Ralf Nackowitsch: Drums
Markus Paßlick: Percussion
Special Guests: Tommy Schneller: Tenor Saxophone
Fay Victor: Vocals

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