Steve Hunter: search for a perfect pitch

For all his studio and onstage brilliance, Steve Hunter rarely appears on-screen, notable exclusion being a few Alice Cooper and Lou Reed full-length videos, and to see the guitarist play his own jazz-tinged creations has always been nigh on impossible – until now. “Tone Poems Live” is a title of the veteran’s new CD and DVD recorded last summer in Los Angeles by a small, yet tight-but-loose, group which consisted of Hunter and his old compadres: bassist Tony Levin and keyboardist Phil Aaberg, who share Steve’s experience in Peter Gabriel’s band, and drummer Alvino Bennett. The quartet delivered as if they were in front of public, no overdubs or corrections, and revisited most of the six-stringer solo LPs, including “The Deacon” and “Swept Away,” alongside Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” – that Hunter turned instrumental on 2013’s "The Manhattan Blues Project", as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Riviera Paradise” and Marvin Gaye’s immortal “What’s Going On,” all bearing Steve’s poetic mark.

In order to get deeper into the album’s background, DME engaged in a little chat with Steve Hunter – results are here – but as for the full tracklist, it goes like this:

STEVE HUNTER - Tone Poems Live

Tone Poems Live

1. The Idler
2. Skin
3. Deep Blue
4. 222 W 23rd
5. Flying Hippo
6. Glidepath
7. Rubber Man
8. Riviera Paradise
9. Solsbury Hill
10. Swept Away
11. Of All Times To Leave
12. Freeway Rider
13. What’s Going On
14. The Brooklyn Shuffle

October 13, 2014

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