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 as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.