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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

No Label Records artist: Steve Hill - Dear Illusion - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Dear Illusion, from Steve Hill and it's a great mix of blues, rock and pop. Opening with All About The Love, Steve Hill uses a bold blues hook with great vocals and  his own guitar riff, and the backing of Wayne Proctor on drums to st the stage, joined by Jacques Kuba Seguin on trumpet, Mario Allard on bari sax and Eduard Touchette on trombone, Felicien Bouchet on trumpet, Nacim Brahimi on tenor sax, and Gregory Julliard on trombone for some up tempo revival like reinforcement. Power opener. Rocker, Everything You Got has a great, snappy beat and Hill's vocals are super. With a bluesy riff on guitar, and some hot soloing to boot and punchy, understated horns by Sequin, Allard and Touchette, this track is a great radio track. Don't Let The Truth Get In The Way (Of A Good Story) is another great melody with a tight rhythm. What I love is the change up when Hill kicks his riffs into overdrive with slide and a heavy botto. Possibly my favorite track on the release. Funky, She Gives Lessons In Blues, is another of my favorite tracks on the release with it's lumbering bottom, snappy rhythm guitar and excellent vocal by Hill. With punctuation by Seguin, Allard and Touchette and scorching guitar by Hill, this track is tough to beat. Wrapping the release is ballad, Until The Next Time, with it's sweet melody and a strong melodic guitar solo from Hill over the warm work of Seguin, Allard and Touchette giving the release a soft closer. 

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