L.A.based, Alabama native, Allen Hinds, is well known in the guitar world, having played with numerous stars, including Randy Crawford, Bobby Caldwell, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack,and Gino Vannelli. Over the years, Allen has forged his own unique guitar sound and developed a large fan base. He has just finished a solo tour of Japan (he’s big in Japan), and recently released his long awaited 5th solo CD, “Fly South”.
Photo credit: Peter Hastings
On “Fly South” Hinds has once again created cinematic, soulful palettes of music. This time driven by acoustic guitar, and then as a bonus to us all, adds his creative “vocal like” solos on top. The multi layers of slide, acoustic, and ambient guitars support thoughtful, expressive melodies throughout all 10 songs.
Outstanding performances by Vinnie Coaliuta, Jimmy Johnson, Abe Laboriel and others compliment Hinds’ sophisticated unique phrasing and heart felt compositions. You can truly hear Hinds’ southern roots, on this CD. As if Daniel Lanois meets Lowell George, meets Jeff Beck, meets Robben Ford, meets Alan Holdsworth, all these influences are called forth in Allen Hinds unique style.
The interplay between Coaliuta and Hinds, in particular, is spectacular. Magical moments sprinkled all throughuot this CD.
If you like lush guitar tone, expressive unexpected phrases, dynamic performances, interesting chord changes with memorable melodies, all with absolutely no trace of “smooth jazz”, ….then you will love “Fly South”