Steve Hunter photo by Markus Cuff
Steve has had a hugely productive year, with the release in April of his fifth solo album ‘The Manhattan Blues Project’ to critical acclaim, not just for his powerful performances but by the performances of the guests who participated and the quality of the compositions and audio.
Then he had the opportunity to film a DVD in LA of his own material dating back to his first solo album ‘Swept Away’ and selected tunes from his other solo albums ‘The Deacon, Short Stories’ and ‘The Manhattan Blues Project’, this project was produced by Brian Brinkerhoff and Paul Lani. The players were Phil Aaberg on keyboard (Peter Gabriel), Tony Levin on bass (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel) and Alvino Bennett on drums (Dave Mason, Robin Trower).
Steve Hunter with Reggie McBride photo by KA Hunter
The DVD and a CD of the same will be ready for release in the spring of 2014. But there will be a couple of short film previews prepared ahead of the release.
Steve has spent this week in San Francisco recording on a project headed by the same production team as the DVD, with Hammond B3 player Ike Stubblefield (Rare Earth, Boz Scaggs), renowned Cuban percussionist Orestes Vilató (Santana), Alvino Bennett on drums and the awesome Reggie McBride (Rare Earth, BB King) on bass.
The premise for this project was to have only rough layouts of new material from Ike and Steve then arrange and record the entire album in five days on the floor of the studio. The process was filmed at the same time and shows these amazing players working off the cuff and doing what they do best which is be masters of their craft, it will also give Steve Hunter fans an opportunity to hear him improvise searing solo ‘s that will take your head off. This album will also be released some time in 2014.