Howard Glazer review…October 25, 2014…

HOWARD GLAZER

LOOKING IN THE MIRROR

LAZY BROTHERS RECORDS  LAZ 13002

MIDNIGHT POSTMAN–BROKEN DOWN HOTEL BLUES–TAKE ME BABY–ALL I EVER WANTED–WALKING IN DETROIT–EVICTION BLUES–FEELING SO BAD–LOOKING IN THE MIRROR–WANDERING TRAILS–PUSHING THE LIMITS–MISUNDERSTOOD THE DEVIL–EMERGENCY

Blues-rock guitar man and native Detroiter Howard Glazer is back with a strong follow-up to his 2013 set, “Stepchild Of The Blues.”  This set, entitled “Looking In The Mirror,” is indeed a reflection of Howard’s playing and the many styles he presents over the course of the twelve originals presented herein.

There is straight blues, blues-rock, deep-Delta blues, and a few touches of psychedelia, and everything is punctuated throughout by Howard’s fire-and-brimstone fretwork.

The set kicks off with the late-night tale of that “Midnight Postman,” who will “lick your stamps and service all your postal needs!”  This one has some catchy call-and-response between Howard and B-3 man Larry Marek.  There’s nothing like a “forty-cent bottle of wine to drink away my blues”  down at the “Jack Daniels Pillbox Broken Down Hotel Blues,” and this one features a cool tremolo guitar solo.  “Take Me Baby” has Howard burning up the frets in a sweet duet with Maggie McCabe.

“Walking In Detroit” has Howard and Maggie trading vocal lines as they name-check several well-known landmarks.  David Kocbus also breaks off a hot trumpet solo!  The title cut is Howard’s tribute to the British Invasion blues bands of the Sixties, while he dabbles a bit himself in a touch of psychedelia with the closing cut, a look at the sorry state of 2014 Detroit, (and, one might say the rest of the nation as well), “Emergency.”  Howard’s wah-wah is working overtime, and Tom Schmaltz adds some timely flute, as the groove of this one is as foreboding as you might think for a song of this nature.

We had several favorites, too.  Another side effect of the sorry economy plays out in Howard’s deep, slow-blues groove of “Eviction Blues,” again with excellent guitar and organ interplay.  Howard’s Delta roots proudly show in tribute to Johnny Winter, with  “Feeling So Bad,” and again on a swampy visit to those mythical Crossroads, “Misunderstood The Devil,” complete with some cool backwards guitar!  And, our hands-down favorite of all is a Berry-fied rocker entitled “Pushing The Limits,” and you can almost taste those “fryers, broilers, and Detroit barbecue ribs!”

Howard Glazer’s albums are always fun affairs, and “Looking In The Mirror” is no different.  He shows not only his immense playing, writing and vocal talents, but gives us a glimpse into the myriad of styles he brings to the table!  Until next time..Sheryl and Don Crow.

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