Howard Glazer review…September 16, 2013…

HOWARD GLAZER

STEPCHILD OF THE BLUES

LAZY BROTHERS RECORDS   LAZ 13001

DON’T LOVE YOU NO MORE–SHAKIN–GAS PUMP BLUES–TELEPHONE BLUES–HONEY AND SPICE–SOMEWHERE–CRIED ALL MY TEARS–LIQUOR STORE LEGEND–HURTFUL FEELING

We last heard from Howard Glazer around 2007, with his “Liquor Store Legend” album.  (Well worth checking out, by the way!)  On his latest CD, “Stepchild Of The Blues,” Howard revisits that great song along with eight other originals that find him delivering some mighty fine blues-rock full of not only his trademark electric guitar, but slide and acoustic Resonator as well.

He wastes no time and gets right to the point in the leadoff rocker, “Don’t Love You No More,” with some serious guitar licks.  “Shakin” follows a Diddley beat, while “Honey And Spice” rides a soulful bass line over Howard’s leads, as he extolls the virtues of two lovers, “one from Detroit and one from Tennessee.”  This one also has a cool extended solo at the bridge.  “Cried All My Tears” is another tremendous slide workout, this time set over a throbbing, Hill-Country beat., while “Telephone Blues” is a smokin’ slow-blues about a lover who, even tho Howard bought her a new phone and a watch too, she still won’t give him the time of day.  This one has excellent keyboard work from Larry Marek, who complements Howard’s guitar perfectly.

We had three favorites, too.  We simply cannot get enough of one of Howard’s signature songs, the story of a man whose drinking reputation preceeds him “from Detroit to New York,” the “Liquor Store Legend.”  Another fine Detroit bluesman, harpist Harmonica Shah, joins old friend Howard on a couple of cuts that really shine.  First up, Howard bemoans the sorry state of the Motor City with his Resonator and Shah’s tasteful harp in “Gas Pump Blues,” where “you can’t fill up your tank without robbing a bank!”  And, they close the set with the deep, slow burn of “Hurtful Feeling,” featuring Howard on electric slide and Shah’s harp making the pair sound like a modern-day Muddy and Walter.

It is a pleasure to hear a new album from Howard Glazer, as he has always possessed some serious “old soul” guitar chops.  The pairings with Harmonica Shah are very well done, and “Stepchild Of The Blues” is a set that will satisfy blues fans everywhere!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by larry brower on September 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Howard is the greatest un-sung guitar player I know.This new cd rocks!!!!! Everyone should have his new cd on their x-mas list. The booking agents should be lining up to book this man. Mr Glazer is definitely the real deal. Smoking guitar work!!

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  2. thank you so much – I’m honored! HG

    Reply

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