12 Songs, 51 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6 Ratings
6 Ratings


Anyone who loves smooth jazz guitar knows that Nils is consistent. Play is a great example of how Nils always delivers. A great blend of uptempo guitar, usually a cover or two; and tracks that are highly enjoyable. I'm in the car close to 3 hours a day and this is great driving music. "Coast To Coast, Play It, Careless Whisper and so Get On Up" are some of my favorite tracks. Enjoy this new release.



Longtime fans of guitarist extraordinaire Nils know that his soulful and infectious new album PLAY is not his first with the word in the title. Back in 2007, a few years after his breakthrough hit “Pacific Coast Highway,” he was READY TO PLAY. This ongoing theme is centered around the dynamic sound of the custom guitar Nils has played on all his works. Hook after hook, groove after groove, that guitar delivers fresh, imaginative excitement on both the party jams and lush ballads. In addition to his core band, Nils continues his exciting collaborations with vocalist, keyboardist and trumpeter Johnny Britt, who brings cool elements like Rhodes, trumpet solos and horn sections to the mix. Don’t say we didn’t warn you – Nils comes to PLAY!

About Nils

A popular contemporary jazz guitarist, Nils Jiptner, aka Nils, is a successful solo artist, session player, and instructor, with a groove-based sound influenced by his love of funk and fusion. A native of Munich, Nils first started playing guitar in his teens, inspired by bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Later, he discovered funk, jazz, and fusion and began expanding his skills as he investigated the music of Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, and Chic's Nile Rodgers. In the mid-'80s he relocated to Los Angeles, where studied composition, arranging, and film scoring. He also found session work, playing with artists like guitarist George Benson, trumpeter Rick Braun, and the Temptations. As a solo artist, he debuted in 1998 with Blue Planet, which featured guest appearances by Benson, Nathan East, Chante Moore, and others.

However, it was his next album, 2005's Pacific Coast Highway, which broke his career wide-open. The title track peaked at number ten on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart, and became a huge radio favorite. A second single, "Summer Nights," fared even better hitting number one. Nils followed up with several more well-received albums, including 2007's Ready to Play and 2009's Up Close and Personal. During this period, he furthered his studio work, producing music for film and working behind the scenes on TV shows like Weeds and Undeclared. He also continued to offer guitar instruction, teaching young musicians, and releasing videos and books.

He returned to his solo work with 2010's What the Funk?, which included the top six smooth jazz single "Jump Start." He then delivered City Groove, featuring the number two charting Billboard contemporary jazz single "Let's Bounce." Alley Cat followed in 2015 and included contributions from Nate Harasim, Ricky Lawson, and others. In 2018, Nils returned with his eighth studio album, Play, which featured contributions from longtime associate, trumpeter Johnny Britt. ~ Matt Collar

Munich, Germany