Formed in 2007, Hillmen is an instrumental group that plays totally improvised music, in a Jazz/JamBand style. Featuring the talents of Peter Hillman (Kiss The Frog) on drums, Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet) on keyboards, Jeff Smith (Insects vs. Robots) on bass, and Lito Magana, Jr. (Mestizo Beat) on guitar, Hillmen is an antidote to the blandness of mainstream music, and is a real breath of fresh air.
The band performs in a style called Free Improvisation, which means Hillmen just tune up and play with absolutely no predetermined structure, rhythm or key and without the benefit or burden of a written score. Their current album “Hillmen: The Whiskey Mountain Sessions, Vol. II” was recorded in a smoke-filled private studio high in the coastal mountains of Southern California. Their albums are raw, authentic and totally honest, and you really get the feeling that you are sitting in the room as the music is being formed right before your ears!
“The band’s improvisational output exudes an after-hours aura, as the musicians let their hair down and surge forward without boundaries.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)
“Mixing, as they do a sultry rhythm section with an enthusiastic organist, this four-piece take ‘free’ to the extreme.” SOUND ON SOUND (England)
“They all interact naturally, with a certain attitude similar to the Miles Davis album “Bitches Brew.” ARLEQUINS (Italy)
“Fans of Santana, The Grateful Dead, and the Psychedelic music of 60s’ and 70s’ should find this to their liking.” PROGNAUT (USA)
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