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Even as he’s dazzled audiences around the world with his high energy soloing over the funky beats of U.K. jazz groove sensations Down To The Bone, Paul “Shilts” Weimar just wants to be known as “an approachable boy from London who wants to have a laugh…a cheeky cockney chappy.” Part of the fun for the charismatic saxophonist is getting people up and dancing—and if they’re listening to him blow from the car stereo, he hopes as they travel down the open road that they’ll be up for some serious HeadBoppin, the name of his highly anticipated debut on ARTizen Music Group. Co-produced by Shilts and label co-owner and trumpet great Rick Braun, HeadBoppin is a powerful showcase for his multitude of performing and composing talents, focusing not only on his lead alto and tenor brilliance but also his instantly infectious melodies. Throughout the nine originals and a playfully thumping romp through the magic of Stevie Wonder’s “Tuesday Heartbreak,” he keeps the explosive upbeat tempos and brassy textures he’s famous for with DTTB but incorporates more vibey old school soul textures, moods and atmospheres that create an inviting past and present soul jazz experience.

“The main idea behind my solo work is that it’s completely away from everything I do with Down To The Bone,” says Shilts, who has played on all but one of the group’s six collective recordings and is their last remaining original member. “My roots go back to the 70s funk and soul stuff, but I also love bringing that up to date with all the new technology…so HeadBoppin is really a blend of modern sounds and retro flavors.


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  • Esquirej67

    Just saw him on New Year's Eve and he is a very personable artist!!!

    21 Jan 2010 Reply

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