Steve Hunter's Tone Poems Live is an intimate look inside one of the most unique guitarists of our time!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Six string aficionados listen up, Tone Poems Live is an instrumental blues / rock set with a funky back beat that will instantly have you on the edge of your seat. Steve Hunter is best known for his pioneering work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper but his resume also includes more contemporary artists such as Peter Gabriel. Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) sits in on bass along with keyboardist Phil Aaberg (Elvin Bishop, Peter Gabriel) and drummer Alvino Bennett (Dave Mason, Robin Trower).
With similar releases you find what some refer to as "session players" jumping out front with an everything but the kitchen sink mentality to take pretentious over kill to a new level. Hunter takes a far more cerebral approach as he never gets in his own way but instead works this ensemble setting to that zen like state of less is more. Checking the ego at the door may well be responsible for two mind blowing covers of Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Rivera Paradise."
To classify Hunter as a blues / rock guitarist is an injustice, Steve Hunter is a musician that pulls from the heart and his harmonics and lyrical flow transcend any and all self imposed limitations of genre. This is Hunter at his best doing both originals and some well known covers. Steve Hunter is now legally blind but Tone Poems Live is a soulful and soul filled celebration of his musical life and times and one of the best instrumental releases in this area of music to hit the streets in a long time.
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Tracks: The Idler; 222 W. 23rd; Deep Blue; Flying Hippo; Glidepath; Rubberman; Riveria Paradise; Solsbury Hill; Swept Away; Freeway Rider; Of All Times To Leave.