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Showing posts with label Howard Glazer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Howard Glazer. Show all posts

Friday, March 31, 2017

E-H Records artist: Eliza Neals - 10,000 Feet Below - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, 10000 Feet Below, by Eliza Neals and it's quite cool. Opening with a pop blues number, Cleotus, featuring Eliza Neals on vocal and Howard Glazer on guitar and slide. A cool opener with solid roots. On Another Lifetime, Glazer lays down a real nice guitar intro for a steamy blues ballad. Neals' vocals are strong and Glazer's guitar work is tight, backed by Skeeto Valdez on drums, Paul Randolph on bass solid keyboard work by Neals. On rocker, Burn The Tent Down, Glazer's guitar work is raspy and overdriven, nicely complimenting Neals vocals. On boogie style track, You Ain't My Dog No More, Brian Clune leads the way on drums with John Abraham on bass and with hot slide riffs by Glazer, delivers a hot number with a Thorogood flavor. Very cool. A solid pop entry, Cold Cold Night features Paul Nelson on guitar and nicely blended vocals not unlike Buckingham Nicks. Unbridled guitar playing is the ticket on Hard Killing Floor, an original Skip James track. With a contemporary blues rock styling and Neals' own organ and vocal treatment, this track stands tall. Downhill On A Rocket has a solid melody, warm vocal backing and slick slide guitar work from Glazer making it easily the radio leader on the release. Stripped down blues track, Merle Dixon, has a overdriven guitar vamp and guitar soloing juxtaposed against Neals' smoothly blended vocals. Very cool. Wrapping the release is At The Crossroads featuring Billy Davis on guitar and some really nice vocals by Neals. This is a really nice conclusion to a solid release.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lazy Brothers Records artist: Howard Glazer - Looking In The Mirror - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (October 21, 2014), Looking In The Mirror, from Howard Glazer. Opening with Midnight Postman, Glazer delivers on a funky R&B style number featuring a nice organ solo from Larry Marek and of course the fiery guitar works of Glazer. Stephanie Johnson and Maggie McCabe back Glazer on vocal joined by Chris Brown on bass and Charles David Stuart on drums. Broken Down Hotel Blues has a stagger step, broken drum riff start which I really like. A clever blues rocker, this track is all about the rhythm. Take Me Baby opens with a nice electric guitar solo with cool saturated amp sound. Marek really rides the keys and under vocals by Glazer and McCabe. All I Ever Wanted is an unusual track with a Frank Zappa like vocal bridge. Nicely phrased guitar riffs highlight this track with a cool drum rhythm under the bottom. Walking In Detroit is a cool 12 bar shuffle with McCabe and Glazer trading lead vocal parts. David Kocbus hits the note on trumpet topping off the track. One of my favorite tracks on the release, 7 plus minute Eviction Blues gets down and dirty with some really gritty guitar riffs. Feeling So Bad is basically a simple blues number with Glazer on vocal and resonator. Everybody loves the sound of a steel body guitar and Glazer knows how to make it sing. Very nice! Title track, Looking In The Mirror, is a bass driven number with a definite early British blues sense. A Rollin' and Tumblin' general feel and cool slide work makes this another of my favorites on the release. Wandering Trails has the sound of an early Leslie West composition (think Silver Papers) but with slide guitar work. Pushing The Limits enters Johnny Winter territory with it's driving beat and flaming slide work over a Chuch Berry like riff. McCabe and Johnson soften the track with backing vocals. Misunderstood The Devil has a definite back hill country swampy blues like feel. One of the most unusual tracks on the release, I like it's effects fueled guitar. Wrapping the track is Emergency, a city, experimental, raw, jazz influenced blues track featuring Glazer on loose guitar riffs and Tom Schmaltz on flute. Brown and Stuart hold the track together with a solid bottom giving Glazer and Schmaltz free reign to play. Interesting conclusion to an interesting release.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lazy Brothers Records artist: Howard Glazer - Stepchild of The Blues - New release Review

I just received the newest release (September 17, 2013), Stepchild Of The Blues, by Howard Glazer and he lives up to his guitar man reputation. Opening with Don't Love You No More, a blues based rocker, Glazer punctuates his vocal phrases with searing riffs. On Shakin', a R&B style track along the lines of Willie and the Hand Jive. With a lot of Bo Diddly rhythm, Glazer opens a door for open range soloing and he lays it down over a fairly open rhythm pattern. Nice! Gas Pump Blues is a basic acoustic with metal bodied resonator, vocal and featuring Harmonica Shah on harp. Cool change up. Telephone Blues digs down and gets BB King style tension and bend vibratos of Johnny Winter. Larry Marek adds some really nice organ work on this track but its the bend vibrato that is king here. Honey and Spice has the rhythm pattern of Wilson Picket but with a healthy dose of blues rock guitar. Somewhere really has the feel of an early Bob Dylan or Lou Reed track but with a bit ore rock ballad intention. Solitary guitar riffs over a stripped down rhythm section of Chris Brown on bass and Charles David Stuart on drums does the trick. Cried All My Tears has a Rollin and Tumblin feel with Glazer whipping out some hot flash on slide guitar. Hurtful Feeling is a greasy slider along the lines of It Hurts Me too. With Harmonica Shah on harp, the boys dig down deep for the hottest track on the release.

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