Title - 'Double Take'
Artist - Micha Schellhaas
For those not in the know, Micha Schellhaas is an LA-based guitarist living his dream and fulfilling his mission to make music as a solo artist, accompanist and composer. In 2013, he released his first EP, Wings of Fire, recorded at the renowned Sunset Studios in Hollywood.
That EP was produced by Carl Verheyen (Supertramp) who also performed on the tracks, and featuring several other industry veterans (Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa), Dave Marotta (Manhattan Transfer, Burt Bacharach), Jim Cox (Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford). As it turned out, that very same EP has since become an exciting prelude to Schellhaas' brand new, and just-released full-length debut, Double Take.
Heavily influenced by classic rock, blues and jazz, Schellhaas has been playing guitar since he was 9 years old. Born in Germany, his musical career began in Europe where he gained a Master's degree in jazz guitar from the prestigious Dutch Artez conservatory, and produced music from his former recording studio, Trinix Studio, in the Netherlands.
Here now on the brilliant debut, Double Take - which, once again, features the guitar talents of Supertramp's very own legend Carl Verheyen and drummer Chad Wakerman - guitar virtuoso Micha Schellhaas is having as much fun as he did on his EP (if not more, in truth).
The album begins in fine style with the R&B funk soul swing of 'Velocity,' which is backed by the equally-as-funky Blues roll of 'Ford-F150.' They are backed by the storytelling title track itself, 'Double Take,' which in turn is followed by taut finger picking skills shown on 'Your Turn.'
Next is one of my personal favorites on this quite delightful debut album, 'False Fork.' A brilliant title aside, its drummed back beat of swing jazz mixes elegantly with its subtle 70's soul undercurrent to produce a track that, for my money, encapsulates the guitar genius of Schellhaas quite like no other. That's backed by '5&6,' a much harder, rockier guitar piece, which is then followed by fun ride of 'Travel Song.' The album then comes to a close with the Texas swing Blues rock of 'Texaleans' and then the to-die-for melodies associated with 'Slow Blues For B.B.' enable the full-length musical masterpiece to round out in some style.
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