Saturday, June 15, 2013

CD Review: Steve Hunter Invites Some Friends To Share In His Latest "Project"

Journeyman/guitarist Steve Hunter recently released only his fifth solo album in a career that began 40 years ago. His first session work was performing on Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" album. He would continue that collaboration/friendship for the next five Cooper albums. He has also work on albums with Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, David Lee Roth and Tracy Chapman. It has been five years since Steve Hunter's last solo album and on his new album, "The Manhattan Blues Project" Hunter invited some friends to join him including Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and others. The album was released at the end of April through his own publishing company, deaconrecords.
The album starts off with the rain pouring down the Manhattan skyline as Hunter's sweet "Prelude To The Blues" comes pouring from the speakers. His love for the blues is what this album was made for and he expresses it through the lonely sounds of "A Night At The Waldorf" and through his tribute of John Lennon and George Harrison in "Flames At The Dakota." He turns classic songs by Peter Gabriel ("Solibury Hill") and Marvin Gaye ("What's Goin' On") into unique masterpieces of his own as his guitar playing becomes the highlight of the music. Hunter shares the spotlight with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry on honky-tonk blues of "The Brooklyn Shuffle" and again with Joe Stariani and Mary Friedman on "Twilight In Harlem." Just to be in the studio during these recordings must have been a sight to see as Hunter leads this pack of all-stars.
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