Millions have heard Steve Hunter's guitar work without realizing it. For decades he's been a first-call session luminary, performing and recording with Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, Jack Bruce and scores of other notables. But he's also a solo artist and highly revered for his prowess as a guitarist who is adept and comfortable in numerous genres. He nestles within an electric-acoustic blues format on this studio date that generates a host of mood-evoking grooves and storylines. Featuring progressive rock guitar hero Joe Satriani on one track, guest artist, actor Johnny Depp briefly struts his stuff on electric guitar during the Canned Heat-like fuzz-toned rocker, "The Brooklyn Shuffle."
Hunter initiates the piece with a bit of tenacity and builds tension, hued with slightly distorted lines and chunky chord voicings. He takes the first hard-rock blues solo, followed by Depp who rings the upper- registers with wailing single note licks and conveys a solid affinity for the blues, looming as a capable technician at the very least. Aerosmith's Joe Perry follows suit along with Hunter's spouse Karen who provides the "shooby doo-bop" background vocals, signaling a sense of antiquity for the closeout. Otherwise, each track on this enjoyable album casts an alternating vibe via Hunter's deft acoustic and electric work, conveying great sensitivity while reaffirming his stature as one of the best in the business.
Personnel: Steve Hunter: guitar (1st solo), drum programming, bass; Johnny Depp:
guitar (2nd solo); Joe Perry: guitar (3rd solo); Karen Hunter:
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.