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by Paul Nelson

"On his new CD, this guitar wiz joins forces with some excellent players for a sizzling set of Jazz/Rock Fusion loaded with an abundance of high-tech studio expertise making for a truly sensational spin." - 20th Century Guitar Magazine
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Diagonal Blue
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2. Complicated
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3. Rocking Chair
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4. Full Blast
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5. Out of Nowhere
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If you are not already familiar with Paul's music you soon will be! This guy can play, really play.You may remember him from his recording days with Liege Lord (Metal Blade Records) as their lead guitarist extraordinary, from his dates as a hired gun with dozens of national acts or featured in endorsement ads for Randall Amps and ESP guitars. A recent Ernie Ball, Taylor and Fender guitar artist endorse, Nelson, who studied with guitar great Steve Vai in their Berklee days, as well as being a protege of jazz fusion great Steve Khan, and writing and performing on Johnny Winter's latest Grammy Nominated CD I'm a Bluesman" Virgin/EMI has created a tour de force in this his new, all-instrumental fusion release.

"Look" is a very diverse package that takes the listener on a sophisticated journey through the musical mind of Paul Nelson.This CD exudes boundless energy, and displays ferocious solo sections at the same time showing us his control over an emotional side of playing all the while holding it together with a tasteful melodic sense which comes through on each cut.


"On his new CD guitar wiz Paul Nelson joins forces with some excellent players for a sizzling set of jazz rock fusion loaded with an abundance of high-tech studio expertise making for a truly sensational spin."
-Robert Silverstein/20th Century Guitar Magazine

"Perfect blend of taste and technique"
-Guitar One Magazine

"Chops Deluxe"
-Greg DeBenedetto/Guitar World Magazine

"Bloody Amazing"
-Martin Forssman/Bright Eyes Magazine

"An exciting player with plenty of chops and an aggressive attitude"
-Dave Dorkin/Fuse Magazine

"Ferocious, Tasteful and Boundless"
-Dan McAvinchey/Guitar Nine

"No one can say the man doesn't have the stuff.He can make the guitar shred or sing or howl with the best of them."
-David Layton/Progression Magazine

"Inspirational and Flawless"
-Terry Wickham/Guitar 2001 Magazine

-Zoltán Koncsok/Metal Hammer Magazine

"Guitarist of the year 2001"
-SOS Radio


Heard throughout the WWF's NBC broadcasts of the XFL Nelson also appears on the highly anticipated Jason Becker tribute album titled "Warmth in the Wilderness" on Lion Records out now.Other artists on this CD include Vinnie Moore, Marty Friedman , Jeff Watson , Jonathan Mover, Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Pilson, Steve Morse, among many other top artists...

*Paul Nelson also appears on the soon to be release Uriah Heep tribute "Return to Fantasy" on Century Media Records. And guest appears on the latest Halifax CD "The Inevitability of a Strange World" on Drive Thru Records.

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Department of Virtuosity (Poland)

Paul Nelson - Look
I am curious if you know aforesaid American guitarist? He is a graduate of elitist Berklee College of Music and was taught by Steve Vai and Steve Khan. Paul has always had a great respect for many various styles in music, and its proof is his engagement in many bands and projects. He cooperated with B-Stools, Fernando Pereira, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Halifax, Johnny Winter, but is best known for his playing in metal band Liege Lord. Apart from them, Mr. Nelson composed the music for TV and produced the commercials for radio. He writes some guitar instructional columns for specialist magazines and participates in guitar clinics. His name appeared in a few documetary books as well.

When I first heard his "Paganini Paraphrase" live track, I realized that he would be able to achieve his full potential on a solo album only. And here it is - our main hero with the debut solo EP titled "Look". Paul handled all the guitars and was backed by Dean Vali (bass), Mike Mancini (keys) and Jim Vali (drums). Please forget about power metal ravage Paul used to do on Liege Lord's albums. "Look" is an interesting fusion of genres unlike his metal face known from Liege Lord. I realize that some orthodox metalheads can listen to "Look" in disbelief, but that's the truth. There is no doubt that first three tracks are a melodic jazz/fusion with some bluesy fragments, bit improvisations and some heavy lead parts. It is a stride away from metal music and step forward to the style of jazz/fusion classic virtuosos - Allan Holdsworth and Brett Garsed for example. However the fourth composition called "Full Blast" reminds me of Vinnie Moore's hit called "Meltdown" and is full of heavy mastery in addition. The last composition - "Out Of Nowhere" will surely appeal to the fans of Joe Satriani's early works.

I want to stress that a melody is the predominant element on the EP. Paul's solo output is bright, "smiling", cheerful and positively influencing the listener. It doesn't matter if we deal with jazz or metal virtuosity. If you are a tolerant hearer, you can consider "Look" a lovable piece of music.

Keith "muzikman" Hannaleck

Paul Nelson is a disciple of Steve Vai. Need I say more? He rocks like there is no tomorrow and he is blindingly fast with a clean and tight sound. Nelson’s five-song sojourn "Look" is over twenty minutes of instrumental fire that leaves burning embers in your ears long after its over. This guy isn’t a shredder or a crash and burn kind of player; he plays with a lot of class and taste. The influences of jazz, blues, rock, and fusion are evident amongst the five songs.

"Diagonal Blue" is contagious as hell. What a great sound Nelson gets from his instrument, its just dynamite. "Full Blast" is about what you would expect with a title so explanatory, he cuts loose and burns the house down on that number, sounding very much like his teacher Mr. Vai…Satriani comes to mind as well. There is absolutely no filler here, its rock solid straight ahead music with no frills. Nelson gives you nothing but his very best on every cut.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
September 20, 2001