"Alex Sill is one of those rare talented individuals that has all the elements in place, and at the age of 22! (?)… He has a wonderful command of the compositional tools necessary to recognize his inner musical inspirations and make them real in the world in beautiful and generous expressions while still honoring the melody…He is one of the vital players that has the potential to raise the Jazz bar."
- Steve Vai
Press and Reviews for Experiences: Real and Imaginary
“I first became aware of Alex Sill in 2012 when he won the Rock Guitar division in our International Six String Theory Guitar Competition. Since those early days, Alex has evolved with his own style, blending progressive jazz, rock, and a fine sense of composition & orchestration. He possesses a phenomenal technique and now has evolved with his first record with a mature sound, unique lead guitar voice & a great blend of tunes & guitar virtuosity. Do you self a favor and check out Experiences: Real and Imaginary by Alex Sill! Some very cool, & fresh music!!
(Multi-Grammy Award Winning Guitarist & Composer)
“The best GRP album we haven’t heard in years… Music that is very often cinematic in scope, as if it were the soundtrack to an imaginary movie.”
-Straight No Chaser Podcast
(Winner of the 2017 JazzTimes Readers' Poll for Best Podcast)
“Rich, thoughtful and modern ideas…Ambitious, but highly accessible all throughout.”
“…Alex Sill is a talented composer and imaginative guitarist. His work with Simon Phillips’ Protocol starts a new chapter in his career, but Experiences: Real and Imaginary proves his meddle as a band leader… Check out his songs ‘The Ballad of James Dean’ and ‘To a Theater Near You,’ and be prepared to be impressed.”
-Something Else! Reviews
"It's flat out killer stuff throughout.”
- Midwest Record Recap
"He is certainly technically astute on his instrument and more than capable of playing just about anything."
- Musical Memoirs
“Alex Sill is able to provide the listener with enough musical images to fill a scrapbook… this album is an experience that we won’t ever forget. ‘The Ballad of James Dean’ …a vivid expression of a song that could be played during a scene of East of Eden… ‘To a Theater Near You’ may be this album’s stand out moment…feels like the perfect soundtrack to a film’s closing credits…”
-Smooth Jazz Magazine
"Alex Sill is one of the new lions emerging into the virtuoso group of young players. He's a guitarist who's destined to be in the front line. His talent on his instrument is phenomenal, and his dedication & hard work to master it began at a young age, and has never faltered. He has absorbed the ‘cultural’ history of the guitar, and will obviously be a cutting edge contributor to the continued evolution of this axe. His solo playing shows his maturity, way beyond his age. And maybe most important, we can hear how much he loves what he's playing. A musical slam dunk."
(Grammy/Oscar Award Winning Film Composer & Jazz Pianist)
“This kid’s a mother****er! …I think he is right up there with Pat Metheny…”
(Multi platinum and Grammy Award Winning Producer; worked with Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, the Yellowjackets, Michael Franks, Diana Krall, Sir Paul McCartney, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Dr. John, to name a few)“
“…really beautiful playing…just amazing.”
- Tim Miller
"Just heard these young men play and can't say how much I enjoyed it. They opened for me at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival-- A hard act to follow!"
(Guitarist for Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and many others)
"Very sweet, sensitive playing!"
- Jay Graydon
(Grammy award winning guitarist/producer for Ray Charles, Steely Dan, and others)
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