This is Steve's fifth solo album and is a culmination of his love of the Blues and New York City mixed with his love of melody and "Tone Poems".
After recording and touring with Alice Cooper in 2011, he decided to get off the road to write and record.
He thought it would be cool to have some guest players join him and was overjoyed and humbled at the willingness of those he asked to contribute to this project.
Many of the guests he had not worked with before and most had a very different style of playing to himself.
There are two cover tunes but this album is mainly new material written, played and produced by Steve.
He was very happy to also include a short composition by his friend Jason Becker, called 'Daydream By The Hudson'.
Guest players on The Manhattan Blues Project:
Joe Satriani ~ Tony Levin ~ Johnny Depp ~ Joe Perry ~ Marty Friedman ~ Michael Lee Firkins Phil Aaberg ~ 2Cellos ~ Tommy Henriksen
On 'The Manhattan Blues Project' you will hear Steve go back to his blues roots in his own unique way.
You will hear string arrangements, vocal arrangements, a burst of guitar shredding by the best in the world and echoes of The Beatles. This album will be released on April 30th 2013 and was partly funded by Kickstarter supporters, Steve would like to thank them all once again.
The two cover tunes include Steve's instrumental version of Peter Gabriel's 'Solsbury Hill', a song he had played the guitars on for the original album version in 1977. The second cover is from one of his favorite artists Marvin Gaye, 'What's Going On'.
The Manhattan Blues Project is a rich, uplifting musical experience with lashings of soul, passion and outstanding performances from everybody involved.
1. Prelude To The Blues 2. 222 W 23rd - featuring Michael Lee Firkins and Tommy Henriksen
3. Gramercy Park - featuring The Karen Hunter Singers From Cloud 9 4. A Night At The Waldorf - featuring Phil Aaberg 5. Solsbury Hill - featuring Tony Levin 6. Daydream By The Hudson - composed by Jason Becker 7. Flames At The Dakota 8. The Brooklyn Shuffle - featuring 2nd solo Johnny Depp, 3rd solo Joe Perry 9. What's Going On 10. Ground Zero 11. Twilight In Harlem - featuring 1st solo Joe Satriani, 2nd solo Marty Friedman 12. Sunset In Central Park - featuring Tony Levin and 2Cellos
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