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See What Happens by Paul "Shilts" Weimar

Early in his career Paul focused on the session scene and recorded with a list of music "legends" including David Bowie, Jimmy Page, and Bill Wyman. In 1988, feeling a need to express his own creativity, Paul joined the band Breathe and had a couple of hits with "Hands to Heaven, and "All that Jazz." After spending a few more years doing sessions, Paul co-formed his own group, System X, comprised of five other London-based session musicians. By 1994, Paul had joined the UK soul and funk act the Brand New Heavies.

It was the Heavies keyboard guy, Neil Cowley who introduced Paul to Chris Morgans, and Stuart Wade from the group Down to the Bone. Paul was featured heavily on Down to the Bone's album Urban Grooves, and co-wrote the album Spread the Word.

After fronting the Down to the Bone live band that toured the US, Paul was approached by Soulstis Ltd to record a solo project. Enlisting the help of keyboardist Mick Wilson together they wrote and produced See What Happens, Paul Shilts debut album.

See What Happens draws upon Paul's diverse musical background with 11 cuts featuring a great mix of funk, R&B, smooth and acid jazz. Think a more hip, urban version of David Sanborn.

While all 11 of the cuts on the CD are great, of particular note is the title cut "See What Happens" a driving bass beat giving each of the musicians a chance to shine. "One for the Road" has a great groove and gives Shilts a chance to strut his stuff. And check out Stax for Sax; a high energy tune allowing Shilts the opportunity to lead the way while showing his range on the sax.

So the bottom line is if you are looking for a CD that is a little different, pick yourself up a copy of Shilts' See What Happens cue it up on the player and "see what happens."

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Paul "Shilts" Weimar
  • CD Title: See What Happens
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Higher Octave Jazz
  • Rating: Five Stars
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