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  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00CLCXE3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony Conley on July 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD
"Steve Hunter gives Satriani some serious competition for instrumental guitar album of the year for 2013 with his latest, The Manhattan Blues Project. This one is fantastic from beginning to end. Bring a bottle of wine."

Oh, that should every Kickstarter dream end this sweetly. Veteran guitarist Steve Hunter came off the road with his old shock-rock boss, Alice Cooper, and he humbly and charmingly asked his fans for help in the recording of his next album. Five grand seemed like a deal, so I signed on and tried to do what I could to raise the project's awareness - I say this not for self aggrandizement, but rather because that is how this kind of stuff has to happen for the record business to ever make sense again. Right premise in action.

The request for the five grand? As I both thought and hoped, the project did well, eventually raising almost $14,000 - what goes around comes around, and Hunter hasn't just recorded an album, he's made one of the coolest fusion guitar records since Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow blew my mind as a young neophyte of the guitar. I say fusion not to invoke the Di Meolian jazz of the past, but to convey that there are plethora styles and sounds to be found - a true fusion.

I have to start with how the damned thing sounds - every time I have put the record on, I have almost involuntarily shut the blinds and turn down the lights. Sonically? This is bliss. The attention to detail found on every track is almost startling in this day of super-quick production (which have both their ups and downs). Hunter's limited vision may slow him down some at the mixing board, but this might be the best sounding record I've heard yet this year, so I thank him for the obviously loving care spent here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Muir on July 29, 2013
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The Manhattan Blues Project, Steve Hunter's fifth solo album, is best described as a collection of tone poems.
The notes produced by Hunter, their phrasing and their placement, evoke musical images of landmarks, places and streets that reside within the famous New York City borough.

An opening burst of Manhattan traffic noise is calmed by the soothing notes of `Prelude to the Blues,' a spacey, atmospheric piece that leads to `222 W. 23rd' the location of Hotel Chelsea (home in the past to many a famous writer, musician and actor).

`222 W. 23rd' builds into a rhythmic rock blues piece that features a great slide solo from Michael Lee Firkin and some melodic blues grooving from Hunter.

By contrast, the dreamy tones of `Gramercy Park' (with vocal harmonies from Hunter's wife Karen, who contributes to a number of the songs) describe the oasis of park greenery that sits within the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
Steve Hunter's guitar notes don't just emote; they positively float over the acoustic and vocal backing.

On `A Night at The Waldorf' Hunter's introductory soft jazz notes segue into another guitar floating display, while `Daydream by the Hudson' (written and programmed by Jason Becker) acts as a short but melodically sweet interlude.

`Flames at The Dakota' is a touching musical remark on the place of John Lennon's death (Hunter's slide guitar work is intentionally reminiscent of George Harrison - two tributes in one), while `Ground Zero' recalls the tragedy that befell the World Trade Center in 2001.
A poignant piece, the space between the notes holds the listener's attention as much as the notes themselves.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cinema Dave on May 8, 2013
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Steve Hunter and "The Manhattan Blues Project" is the best Blues album of 2013. A master guitarist in support of Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel, "The Manhattan Blues Project" puts Steve "The Deacon" Hunter center stage.

Not that "The Deacon" hogs the spotlight.
"The Manhattan Blues" project features a great ensemble, featuring solos from Joe "Aerosmith" Perry, Joe Satriani, Tommy Henriksen and Johnny Depp. "The Brooklyn Shuffle" is the family favorite.

For those born in New York, this is your tone poem. For those not New York born, "The Manhattan Blues Project" is a great primer for the feel and spirit of this wonderful city.

Sit back, have a drink at dusk and let "The Manhattan Blues Project" cure your blues.

DISCLAIMER: I am a proud Kickstarter contributer for this project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Morrison on September 13, 2013
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Manhattan Blues Project is by far the most consistently excellent and rewarding solo work by Steve Hunter to date in my opinion. Steve has been involved in many great band and solo projects in the past (too many to list). In my opinion this is Steve's most heartfelt and personal project. I think it is the best new CD I've heard so far in 2013. It has been in constant rotation on my player since I received it. I like instrumental guitar music and Steve just really shines on this one. My personal favorites on the CD are the cover of Peter Gabriel's Solsbury Hill and the Marvin Gaye classic What's Going On.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GDC on December 12, 2013
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What can I say that the other reviewers haven't already said? All 12 tracks on this album are great, but 7 of them stand out as being absolutely superlative: tracks 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 (you can check their titles in the description above). Track 11 is something you don't see too often: it is in 7/4 time (an example that springs to mind is Pink Floyd's "Money"). About mid-way through the second track my daughter came downstairs and asked me if this was a Jeff Beck album she wasn't familiar with (her favorite guitarist). How's that for a testimonial! Whether you're a long-time die-hard fan, or want your first exposure to Steve Hunter, this album is a must. I pray that he will tour soon to promote this album; I haven't seen him live since the mid- and late-1970s when he and Dick Wagner were touring in Alice Cooper's band. Buy this album!
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