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Mike Neer

ap steel guitarist, composer, arranger, producer Mike Neer has been a fixture in the NYC scene and is a former member of several of NYC's top bands. He has studied guitar with Mike Stern. Peter Leitch and Steve Khan, then switched to steel guitar, where he learned Hawaiian style from the masters like Sol Hoopii. His first recording as leader, Steelonious, has been widely praised by critics.

Album

Smooth FreeJazz

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Nature Boy; Song Moth; The Moment; Bill; Nature Boy (Radio Version).

Album

Keepin’ It Real

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Passion Dance; Stolen Moments; Peace; Nica's Dream; Witch Hunt; African Flower; Pensativa; West Coast Blues.

Album

Steelonious

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Epistrophy; Bemsha Swing; “Round Midnight; In Walked Bud; Bye-Ya; I Mean You; Off Minor; Ugly Beauty; Ask Me Now; Straight No Chaser; Reflections; Blue Monk.

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Article: Year in Review

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Releases of 2016

Read "C. Michael Bailey’s Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Shifting priorities in 2016 prevented me from either listening to or reviewing as much music as I have in the past. Thus, I did not take a swing at many fine recordings that by all accounts should be on this list like: John Scofield's Country for Old Men (Impulse!); Keith Jarrett's A Multitude of Angels (ECM); ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Neer: Steelonious

Read "Steelonious" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Early in his musical career, pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was ordained the “Hight Priest of Bebop." This sounds more like a disingenuous pronouncement by an overeager period critic than any credible music reportage. Monk's essential musical approach owed more to stride, blues, and swing than to Charlie Parker's and Dizzy Gillespie's bebop. Monk's technical brilliance, ...

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News: Recording

Mike Neer: Steelonious

Mike Neer: Steelonious

I'm not a big fan of Thelonious Monk tribute albums. Heck, I'm not even keen on other musicians including his songs on their albums. No matter how accomplished the artist, Monk's music always feels like those paint-by-the-numbers coloring books from when I was a kid. Only Monk can bring the essential soul and turmoil to his ...


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