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 love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.