November 1999

Dwight Sills

Guitarist Dwight Sills, known as a sideman for Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, among others, breaks out with some soulful solo work. Sills has a laid back, doodling style which can be tailored to jump and stutter playfully ("D's Groove") or croon sweetly (the lightly Latin "Dreamin'," highlighted by a unique guitar/clarinet duo). Where a faithful cover of Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" captures the blue soul vibe of the original, it also shimmers and shines with pure guitar joy as Sills steps up the octaves. Even on more urban-flavored offerings-like the sparse, dark "Waiting 4 U" and the synthier "Nightfall," Sills plays clipped, cornered licks, demonstrating an uncommonly introspective style which is technically adept without being overdramatic.

Originally published in November 1999
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