Born to famous opera singers Jerome Hines and Lucia Eyangelista, David Hines, a gifted cellist and pianist as a child, has pursued jazz, fusion, and the bass guitar since the age of eleven. Hines attended Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and a few of his early influences include Weather Report, Return To Forever, the fusion period of Miles Davis, and jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke, whom he received private lessons from in the 1970's.
With Nebula, his debut solo release, Hines shows his versatility as a player. His intonation and voicings on the fretless bass are innovative and precise. Along with Steve Hunt on keyboards, Steve Kirby on guitar, Steve Michaud on drums and a guest appearance from fusion-guitar legend Allan Holdsworth on two tracks, Nebula fuses energetic fusion with tasteful jazz stylings throughout. The opening "Skippy" cuts right to the chase, unleashing upbeat rhythms, flying bass lines and an inspired Holdsworth solo ties it all together, while tracks such as "Toe Nail" and "Neuro Man" take a more atmospheric approach. Hines' bass work is well-rounded, seamlessly creating both limber fret runs, and atmospheric tones when needed.
Co-produced with Hunt, who has also worked with fusion giants Billy Cobham and the aforementioned Holdsworth, The eight tracks on Nebula display both inventive song structures and intricate arrangements.