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Jam It Up!

by Nils Gessinger

Soul Jazz, Funk R&B orientated 11-piece band plays instrumental&vocal groovy smooth music w./5 horns & Fender Rhodes dominated
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jam It Up
5:04 $0.99
2. Say It´s Forever
5:46 $0.99
3. Let Loose
5:10 $0.99
4. Mr. Wong
4:02 $0.99
5. Soulmusic
5:04 $0.99
6. Cozumel
5:31 $0.99
7. Eusegne
6:01 $0.99
8. Clalsa
4:23 $0.99
9. Baldo
4:58 $0.99
10. Bilma
4:15 $0.99
11. Gran Dunes
5:13 $0.99
12. I´d Be There
5:49 $0.99
13. 13or3to7
5:03 $0.99
14. Struttin´
5:56 $0.99
15. Honking Eddie
3:57 $0.99
16. Jam It Up Reprise
2:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
It´s been 39 years since nine year old Nils Gessinger amazed a crowd of 400 guests with his piano playing. Today the 12-piece Nils Gessinger Band fills the halls of international jazz festivals, not only charming the listeners´ ears, but also having a hit with "Angel" in indonesian radio charts.

For such a career you need luck, but with no doubt it didn´t happen accidentally: having his first classical lessons through his grandfather, found the love for the "blue notes" at the jazz club of his parents, and got in touch with black funk&soul in the disco of his brother.

With such a variety of experiences taken at southern german bands he studied "Jazz&Classics" at the university of music Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Dieter Glawischnig). At that time the passionate motorcyclist established himself in the Hamburg music scene.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Inga Rumpf, the Platters, Georg Danzer, Patti LaBelle or the Three Degrees appreciate his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity, the NDR BigBand (North German RadioBigBand) hired him for many studio- and live productions. Meanwhile he is conductor and leader of Jazzessence, the state youth jazz orchestra of Hamburg, having recorded 4 CD´s (amongst others with Bob Mintzer and Herb Geller).

1995 Nils produced the not only in professional circles highly acclaimed first CD "Ducks´n´Cookies". With a total of 28 musicians (with guests such as Inga Rumpf, Bridget Fogle, Peter Weniger, Billy King or Herb Geller) 14 Funk-, Soul-, Latin- and Fusion original compositions were mixed in Dolby Surround.

About the recording contract with US-label GRP people tell of the story of Tommi LiPuma, legendary producer of Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Randy Crawford or David Sanborn, who at a visit in Germany heard a tape of Nils Gessinger and signed him immediately and so far as first european artist.

The international success of the album led to invitations at big jazz festivals. Juli 1995 he was opening for George Benson at Westport-Festival Hamburg, november 1995 he was sharing the stage with Spyro Gyra .

1996 the pianist, arranger and composer had enough material to produce his second CD "Scratch Blue". 41 musicians, with guitar legend Robben Ford (Miles Davis, Yellowjackets) and trombone player Nils Landgren to name just a few, played a mixture of vocal- and instrumental tunes resulting invitations to international festivals like North Sea Jazz Festival 1996 at The Hague.

1997 ARD (major german TV-station) taped a 60 minute live performance "Ohne Filter Extra" with Robben Ford as special guest.

Nils has written 16 new titels for his third album "Jam it up!" being produced in Los Angeles and Hamburg, Germany, featuring Dave Weckl (Chick Corea) on drums, Peter Weniger (Lionel Richie) on sax and Joe Gallardo (Stan Kenton Big Band) on trombone amongst others as special guests. It´s been released may 2003 in Hamburg, Germany.

2006 Nils recorded in Los Angeles 13 tracks for his next CD "Burning" featuring world class drummerlegend Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa) und Jaco Pastorius buddy Jürgen Attig on bass as well as Peter Weniger (sax / Lionel Ritchie) and Joe Gallardo (trombone - Stan Kenton).

2011 a new CD entitled "Pass-ion" has been produced, this time in New York City with guest stars like Grammy winner Will Lee (Bass - Brecker Bros., David Letterman Show), John Tropea (Guitar) and Rocky Bryant (Drums - Frank McComb, Average White Band).
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oarisius ... a great fan of Lis Gessinger

Simply the best !!!
I heard the band of Nils in a small Jazz Club in Minden and from the first time I experienced this band I love this music. This CD prooves a very good sound, some funky element, good jazz, a little rocky and some smooth songs. A very good band with excellent musicians, a good horn section and a superb arrangeur Nils Gessinger. There still three more CD's you should listen to !


Why The Rock Guitar????
It's not usually my nature to give a bad review. I believe if you haven't got anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all, however i have to say this is the best of both worlds. The good and the bad. "Say it's forever" is superbly soulful in a Brand New Heavies jazzy soul style. The other track of note is "I'd be there". For the first 4m 20secs it's soul perfection then it's ruined with a dreadful rock guitar break. Why, oh why do smooth jazz artists use heavy rock guitar? You don't see heavy metal artists making smooth jazz, so why let heavy rock ruin what would've been a classic soul groove? I've tried using cool edit to eliminate the dreadful rock guitar on "I'd be there" but no matter how many times i tried, i just couldn't get the join right. If Mr Gessinger had used a nice saxophone instead of that blasted rock guitar then soul fans everywhere would've loved "I'd be there". Oh well, i'll have to make do with a shortened down edit of track 12. The rest of the instrumentals sadly use far too much rock guitar, so it's only a 2 track album for me. Mr Gessinger....If you can make more tracks like "Say it's Forever" then you'll be a class act for sure. Of course, if you like blues and rock guitar, you will love this CD. But, it certainly should never be filed under Smooth Jazz on CDBaby. Mr Gessinger, please remix "I'd be there" for a future release without rock guitar please? Use a nice sax break or keyboards. It will get massive airplay on the right soul stations if you did, that's for sure!


simply fantastic
This sounds as American as you can get! Challenging a lot of BIG names, such as The Jacksons, Brecker Brothers, Maceo Parker, Tower of Power etc... German craftsmanship!