(1999 'Delmark) (61:13/14) In the '70s he played in Chicago with Walter Horton, Snooky Pryor, Koko Taylor, a.m.o. Living in California now, this album has been recorded in Chicago supported by a list of great musicians. Traditional yet contemporary blues showing his influences from Otis Rush to B.B. King. Lotsa guitar and alright vocals. Recommended. STEVE FREUND - gtr/voc, BOZ SCAGGS - gtr, KIM WILSON - hca, DAVE MAXWELL - pno, HARLAN TERSON - bass, MARK FORNEK - drums, etc. > please, check: R.J. MISCHO - West Wind Blowin' CCD 11062 feat. Steve Freund.
While living in New York City, Steve met Sunnyland Slim who offered him the
opportunity to come to Chicago and learn from the masters of blues. So in
the mid-'70s the guitarist moved to Chicago which was the beginning of his
20 year association with Sunnyland. He also played with Big Walter Horton,
Koko Taylor, Luther Allison and others. A few years ago Steve relocated to
the Bay area and has been working with Boz Scaggs (Steve played on Scaggs'
Grammy-nominated Come On Home album), James Cotton, his own bands and
others. Produced by Dave Specter.
Steve Freund. . .born and raised in Brooklyn, reborn a Chicagoan the day he stepped off the bus here in 1976. The list of people he's worked with since reads like a Who's Who of Chicago blues legends: Sunnyland Slim, Luther Allison, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, Jimmy Walker, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Johnny Littlejohn, the late Big Walter Horton - you name them, Freund's played with them, always adding, inventing and tastefully pushing each tune.
Perhaps the most telling indication of Steve's talent is the cluster of top Chicago bluesmen that gather near the stage when he's on - watching and listening, shouting encouragement, sometimes shaking their heads in amazement. His upfront performance here inspires just such a reaction. His guitar soothes you one moment, stings you the next. His singing is smooth and relaxed. And his leadership, so crucial to the creation of this record, is strongly evident in every beat, every note, of every song.