Pretty accurately describing his music as Derek Trucks and Robben Ford meeting Allan Holdsworth or Bill Frisell, Los Angeles area guitarist Allen Hinds' new CD is entitled Fact Of The Matter, and is a virtually all instrumental, eleven track release. Hinds is a pro's pro; his music has such a great feel to it. On the jazzier side, a track like "Rain" shows off an advanced harmonic sense, while on the 'Fordian' side, "Some Of This" displays his slightly hotter and heavier, yet still melodically evocative guitar lines. For a blues/rock trip, get on the "Onramp" and delve into a bevy of slide licks and seductive, wah-wah fused guitar muscle. What's not to like here - well, nothing. Allen Hinds has done a great job with Fact Of The Matter; with an exciting and eclectic style, he'll quickly pick up plenty of new fans.
A native of Auburn, Alabama, Allen was exposed to blues and R&B at an early age. Moving into jazz and fusion in his teens, he attended Berklee College of Music and shortly after, moved to Los Angeles to attend Musician's Institute. He has performed and/or recorded with jazz and R&B luminaries including Patti Austin, Mary J. Blige, Maya, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Vince Gill and many, many others. On staff at the Musician's Institute, Allen offers a musical blend of jazz, blues, and rock with a "grassroots" style. Being an active studio musician as well as live performer, he has currently written songs for Larry Carlton, Patti Austin and Jeff Kashiwa, as well as the long running T.V. show on CBS - "JAG". His contributions were also heard on the "EFX" network this season. Using a variety of vintage guitars and amps, his main gear is a å59 "historic" Gibson Les Paul, a 1962 Gibson SG, a "67 Telecaster, a "61 Les Paul Special and a '62 Gibson 345.
Hinds' endorsements include Ernie Ball, Brian Moore guitars, Line 6, Bogner, B-Band, Xotic pedals, Xotic effects, and Gibson. He is hoping to find distribution or better, and would love to tour and 'do his own thing'.
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