Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Your Thoughts On 'The Manhattan Blues Project'.

Jeb Wright (Classic Rock Revisited)

"This album is Steve Hunter’s masterpiece"

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Joe Satriani

"I am honored to play along side legendary guitarist Steve Hunter on his stunning new album, check it out!"

Joe Viglione

"To date The Manhattan Blues Project is the best album I’ve heard and reviewed all year, and it goes without saying that a lot of CDs have come through my mailbox"

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Rikki St James 

Steve Hunter, The Guitar Player and inspiration for thousands of guitarists, has a NEW CD. I was so ecstatically pleased to hear his Manhattan Blues Project..Dynamics galore in this compilation..

The entire cd is well worth picking up, you will NOT be disappointed.
Liked "The Brooklyn Shuffle" and "222 W. 23rd" (Hotel Chelsea address) a lot. 
For anyone who has lived in NYC this cd will take you right home.

You fella's brought Manhattan to the streets in a big way...Thank You...........Rsj

Don Richard

Listening to the new Steve Hunter CD, The Manhattan Blues Project. OMG!!! It has my favorite song that Steve originally performed on, and wrote the guitar parts for, on Peter Gabriel's first solo effort, and that I have been begging him to put out on an album since 1999!!! Solsbury Hill. Absolutely PHENOMENAL!!! This album is absolutely great Steve! Thank you, Thank you!!!! Thank you for being a friend also! A very special thanks to Karen Ann Hunter too for being such a great friend also! I am so glad to have gotten to meet you and know you both. The atmosphere of this album is putting me in another world, another train of thought and not worrying about anything that life has thrown at me recently. It is so great when music moves you that way.

John Phillips 

The Manhattan Blues Project is a work of beauty. A wonderful collection of originality. The production is flawless and pulls you right in. This is one of the best sounding albums I've heard in years! The songs are works of art. This is not your typical blues album. Finally a blues album without the tired blues cliches. This is blues that breathes. This is blues with depth. This isblues with character. What I like best about this album is that there is a deep sense of melancholy running in the blood of these songs yet it is mixed with the feeling of optimism. One listen to this album and one can tell that not only is Steve Hunter a great guitar player but also a man with a heart. Somewhere Chet Atkins is smiling!

David Purple Hayes

....WOW !.....OK all you Blues lovers and guitar lovers , it is out there Steve Hunter's new CD The Manhattan Blues Project is off the chain amazing !....if you love the Blues this is a must have in your CD collection and if you love great guitar this is going to be one of your favorites !...just got mine the other day and have been tied up a bit with the amp work but I have listened to it a few times and then we (Jen and I) listened to it last night and OMG it is just hard to put into words....for those of you that know Steve and may have heard Short Stories there a couple of songs that to me have the short story vibe like 222 W 23rd , the whole thing is amazing to me track 8 with Johnny Depp is some really cool stuff ,the guitars are driving in Brooklyn Shuffle , I absolutely love this song takes me back to the old ,old ass Rock & Roll days with that special Steve Hunter touch , just blown away with this whole CD , now for the bonus , Steve's lovely wife Karen Ann Hunter does an amazing job with the backup vocals on this CD and yes there is more , Phil Aaberg,2 Cellos,Johnny Depp,Marty Friedman,Michael Lee Firkins,Tommy Henriksen,Tony Levin,Joe Perry and Joe to all my friends and especially musician friends and music lovers , get a copy or buy a download of this amazing CD !


Just got Steve Hunter's new cd in the mail...I love it....It is a phenomenal album. So beautiful and so smooth. Steve's wife Karen Ann Hunter and I became friends awhile back and when she mentioned starting a Kickstarter Campaign for Steve I was ONBOARD to get this legendary guitarist all the funding he needed. The team blasted Steve's campaign all over the globe! Karen, Steve and I had quite an adventure! 

When the campaign hit it's mark, I was jumping all over my office! Steve ended up with 3 times the amount he asked for! Sweet! So here is the amazing result....You can really feel the power in Steve's playing here..He just entered the best phase of his musical career....

I love Brooklyn Shuffle so much...the first solo is Steve, the second is Johnny Depp,  and the third is JOE Perry....I have played this tune about 9 times today so far....

Rob Rockwell

"Outstanding" is a word that aptly describes Steve Hunter's latest effort:The Manhattan Blues Project. Contributing tracks to the cd is a stellar lineup of seasoned veteran musicians including Joe Perry, Tony Levin, and Joe Satriani. The smooth, easy listening tunes are a must-have in any blues music collection. The pristine audio quality will appeal to audiophiles as well. Whether cruising down the highway or relaxing at home,this new release by Steve Hunter is sure to please. With backing vocals and cover design by Steve's wife Karen Ann Hunter, this makes a total package worth checking out.

Alain Duchêne

Many many thanks ! I'm so moved... Really.... This music sounds so cool, so sensitive, so essential.

I remember Miles Davis said "Why to play so many notes ,so fast ? 

You only have to play the beautiful ones"..

That's what i feel when i listen to your music. Steve's playing so marvelous melodies, with such a feeling.

It's difficult for me to express exactly what i feel, 'cause i'm french speaking and it' not easy for me to put words on real emotions. I'm sure you know what i'm speaking about.

Sorry for my mistakes in american/english ;o)

I'll take the time to discover that wonderful piece of music on my own, day after day..This cd is a real gift for any musician.

Tim and Gwen Ziek


I have always considered Steve to be one of the the VERY BEST GUITAR PLAYERS.

Steve's music is very defined and crisp, and also has that GREAT BLUES TONE.

The Guest Performers are some of the COOLEST ARTISTS on this earth.

"Birds of a feather flock together."  I could tell that everyone had their heart and soul in this album.

I also enjoyed the background vocals, very serene but uplifting.

The Album cover is a work of art in itself. GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY !

( I can not wait to hang the framed album poster.)

The album is a nice tribute to a great city.

                                                Jason Becker 

Steve, my brother! I can't even express how much I love this album! Every note you play is magical. I don't think anyone alive has your heart and soul. All of your featured guests did fantastic jobs. But your touch is so beautiful. I am honored to be a part of it. I love you, man! We have to get a copy to our buddy Matt Blackett. He will love it. 
Take care of your bad ass self! 

Review by Steven Crayn

The sound of the New York sidewalk taxi cabs lead us into the serene 'Prelude To The Blues', the first tune on the new Steve Hunter album The Manhattan Blues Project. 
Things start to build as we walk down '222 West 23rd' featuring a rap from Cooper trooper Tommy Henriksen, reminiscent of The Sopranos theme, with a slide solo to die for from Michael Lee Firkins.
Steve's muse Karen Hunter providing sweet backing vocals as she does on a number of tracks on this album.
The Big Apple themes take us next to 'Gramercy Park' with Steve's unmistakable tone and touch setting us up for 'A Night At The Waldorf' with Phil Aaberg's piano, juxtaposed with The Deacon in Blues heaven.
A reworking of Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill' reunites Steve Hunter and Tony Levin, who both played on the original version by the ex Genesis frontman, on his solo debut masterwork in 1977.  This version is also something to observe, a master class in technique, but with the subtlety musicians and fans have always loved in Steve's playing.
'Daydream By The Hudson' composed and programmed by an inspiration to us all Jason Becker, sets us up nicely for a visit to the building where John Lennon was murdered, in a moving tribute to not just John, but another Beatle George, in 'Flames At The Dakota'.
'The Brooklyn Shuffle' has 3 guitar solos Steve takes the first, Johnny Depp (yes the actor!) the second and Aerosmith gunslinger Joe Perry the third, you can tell the guys are having fun on this one.
A heartfelt interpretation of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' sees Steve at his guitar lyrical best, talking to us through his countermelody on Marvin's message.
'Ground Zero' fills you with sadness, but hope springs eternal with 'Twilight In Harlem' which rocks in the free world in 7/8 time, as Joe Satriani and Marty Friedman tear it up in a guitar battle.
'Sunset In Central Park' featuring the evocative Cello's of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, ends this beautiful album from one of my guitar heroes. 
It was a pleasure to not just listen to but to help fund through Kickstarter. 
Thanks Steve & Karen Hunter for seeing this album through during Steve's recent health problems.

Bill McCue

Just had to let EVERYONE know that I got the new CD by Steve Hunter called The Manhattan Blues Project. Words can't even express how "GREAT" this album is. Thank you Steve Hunter and Karen Ann Hunter.

Sunila Sen Gupta

I knew it would be great so that was not a surprise, what blew me away was the sound quality. I got used to the fact that my old stereo was probably too old and the new speakers I bought last year not that good. Or my hearing has gone over the years, but no! Perfect mix, amazing sound, one can hear every little detail. I wish all current albums could sound like this.

Hunter Goatley

I received my copy of Steve Hunter's new CD, The Manhattan Blues Project, yesterday. This disc is awesome! I'm often leery about solo projects from guitarists because guitar-noodling can be annoying, but Steve's playing is so incredibly soulful and restrained that it's a pleasure to listen to it (no guitar acrobatics passing as playing here). The special guests---ranging from Johnny Depp to Joe Perry and Karen Ann Hunter---add to the album while never taking away from Steve's music. I _highly_ recommend you pick up a copy! You can sample the songs at the link below, too.
Darin Scott

The CD is fantastic !!! Like when you talk to Steve he means every word he says , & you can say the same thing about his guitar playing , He means every note he plays !!! The recording just drips with raw emotion !!! Blues / Rock guitar playing at its best !!! Wow I am just totally blown away !!! Not only the great guitar playing from Steve , but also his top notch songwriting , production & arrangements !!! Not to mention the outstanding performances by Steve's guests Joe Satriani , Tony Levin , Johnny Depp , Joe Perry , Michael Lee Firkins , Tommy Henrikson , Phil Aaberg , Marty Friedman , 2Cellos , & of course Karen Hunter !!! I can't pick a favorite track ... I like them all !!! 

Jeff Young

If I tell all my friends that Mr. Steve schooled BOTH Jason Becker & yours truly in the art of "the blues" - I bet they'll all run out & buy his new LP!!! :)

Rick Langford

This is by far the best Blues album I have heard in a long time.
This album is worth more than one listen.

Homeless Jones

I just received Steve's CD today, going on the second listen. What a beautiful feel this effort has through out, Classic SH!
Must be a proud moment in the Hunter household.
Many Thanks HJ. 

Jerry Dunaway

I knew it was going to be good from the sneak preview I got in Dec. but it is better than that. Really a great set of songs. I think my favorite is Twilight in Harlem.


We are so thrilled to be featured on the Steve Hunter new album! legendary guitar player

Tommy Henriksen

"steve hunters's new record "TMBP" is a wonderful journey of guitar!! i love this album steve!! and the packaging looks fantastic!! great job!! steve and karen hunter!!" T3

Jake Delacroix: 

Beautiful record! I'm honored that Steve asked me to play on it.

Louisa Hunter

Hey everyone...Check out for Steve's latest. The Manhatten Blues Project. It is wonderful. Yes, I am prejudiced, but also very picky about what I listen to. Have had it less than 24 hours, and have already listened to it four times. Sweet melodies, soulful tones and a few surprises make it an experience to remember. Every tune paints an emotional picture, and pays tribute in so many ways to one of the worlds greatest cities, as well as Steve's love of the blues. He and Karen have worked long and hard on this latest project. Their love and passion for their music and each other shine above all else. Congratulations to the two of you, you have done an amazing job!!!!!

Mel Ludlam

OMG arrived this morning in sunny UK,just played what an album a must buy for any guitar blues fan awesome. Thanks Steve get well soon so we can have some more of this wonderful music and thanks Karen.

Kerry Kudla

We listened to the new album twice on our way into NYC to see the Stooges and once on the way home. Add yet another Masterwork to Steve's resume, incredible musicianship all around(and Karen's vocals are beautiful as well).

Steve Harris
I received the best "care package" that I have ever received in my life. The new cd is totally awesome. I am afraid that I will wear it out before I quit playing it. The cd is everything that I dreamed it would be and more. Anyone out in cyberspace that hasn' bought one doesn't know what they are missing out on and it is a lot. All I can say is WOW! WOW and WOW AGAIN. Fantastic job to all of the great musicians onboard.

1 comment:

  1. This is by far one of the best blues albums I. have heard in a long time.This is a album that is worth more than one listen. Rick Langford