Update Hartmut Hillmann

Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Born: May 22, 1961    

Hartmut Hillmann is one of the most influential German six string bass players for more than twenty-five years. He started in 1987 to adapt the styles of the likes as Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller for the six stringed fretted and fretless instrument. Besides his incredible ability to groove and playing supportive, he is an ethnomusicologist having studied African and Indian rhythms intensively. Leaving the Europe and Africa touring odd-meter Funk band „Zabriskie Point“ after six years of collaboration in 1997, he started to concentrate on his solo career with his project „Illicit Poetry“ as composer, arranger and leader...
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"First Bass International Bass Magazine" Contest: Best Player in category "Jazz", finalist in Category "Fusion" (1986) Berklee Scholarship (1992), but nerver went to Berklee;-)
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Soloing on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat":

Soloing on "Stella":

IllIcIt Poetry Live Videos :

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”...(Hartmut Hillmann) is a very talented individual. He will contribute a great deal to the world of music!” 
CHARLIE BANACOS (teaching guru and New England Conservatory Of Music Boston)

”... I’ve enjoyed listening to Your band’s recording. I think it’s really good and has some very interesting music on it...”
 JIMMY HASLIP ( Yellowjackets)

“(Illicit Poetry) has convinced us in a musical sense!...”


“We here like the Illicit Poetry production exceptionally!...” BERT GERECHT (Hot Wire Records)

“...I like (Illicit Poetry) very colleagues appreciate your chops and the songs and were absolutely delighted!” KNUT SCHULZE (SONY Records, Germany)

“ ...The vibes are the featured instrument on this odd- meter jazz-funk disc, but lurking beneath it all is bassist Hillmann, who rips it up six-string-style!...”
 SCOTT MALANDRONE, Bassplayer Magazine

Primary InstrumentBass, electric

LocationGross-Gerau, Hesse

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundHartmut teaches since about 25 years, his main goal is to free the inner unlimited potential in each player: You can do it! Main themes: groove, improvisation, eartraining, playing in a band, overcoming obstacles which inhibit Your progress, avoiding injuries by the Feldenkrais Method. All musical aspects are also viewed in a Buddhist context, as many buddhist principles correlate with being a musician: mentor-disciple, oneness of body and mind, oneness of live and environment. Hartmut gives online lessons and person to person lessons (8 Miles south of Frankfurt Airport in Germany). If You are interested mail to:


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Owner and endorser of: Fodera Imperial Six Custom fretted and fretless, 2x Euphonic Audio iAmp 800, 2x Bag End Q10XD cabinets, Wilson Wah-Wah, Italia Leather straps, R.Cocco strings, John East Stomp Box STMP-01, Evidence audio cables, iGig gigbags
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