La Hora Del Blues - France
Looking in the Mirror
Here comes the last job of singer and guitar player Howard Glazer, that follows the path of his previous album entitled "Stepchild Of The Blues" that was published in 2013 and received excellent reviews by specialized media. As the title says, "Looking In The Mirror" faithfully reflects the various styles of blues, blues rock and even alternative music Glazer passionately plays on a clever spontaneous way few musicians can do, thanks to his accurate knowledge of electric guitar, his good slide technique and the expertise control he shows when a Resonator comes to his hands. The album features Howard Glazer guitars and vocals, Charles David Stuart drums and percussion, Chris Brown bass, Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson vocals, Larry Marek organ, David Kocbus trumpet and Tom Schmaltz flute. An album perfect for totally different audiences because, besides the most genuine blues, Glazer also dares with a more than a good result to play some songs that are outside blues music, with the only purpose of giving to his listeners a broader and very eclectic vision of twenty first century music. VERY GOOD.
The Rocker - UK
Looking in the Mirror
Time for some blues rock now, and who better than Howard Glazer with the follow-up to his 2013 set, “Stepchild Of The Blues”. And it’s a good one, as he sets out his stall over a dozen original tunes.
It’s fairly straightforward blues rock, but he’s a fine musician, with an ear for a memorable lyric, no more so than on the opening smut of ‘Midnight Postman’. Elsewhere, he regales you with a tale of the ‘Jack Daniels Pillbox Broken Down Hotel Blues’ and there is a delightful duet on ‘Walking In Detroit’ with Maggie McCabe. The arrangements are excellent with some B3 and horns, as and when needed, alongside the expected guitar solos.
He can slow things down to good effect, as he does on ‘Eviction Blues’, but the old rocker in me favours the hot blast of ‘Pushing The Limits’.
His basic trio is Chris Brown (bass) and Charles David Stuart (drums), and they’re as good a rhythm section as you would hope. So, if it’s fiery blues rock you’re looking for, then this should satisfy your every need.
Stuart A. Hamilton
Looking in the Mirror
The versatile Detroit blues guitarist Howard Glazer returns with Looking In The Mirror (Lazy Brothers Records), which serves as a testament to the wisdom of those folks who chose Glazer as Outstanding Blues/R&B Instrumentalist at the 2014 Detroit Music Awards, and inducted him into the Michigan Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. Glazer’s guitar work, always a pleasure to hear, is the main attraction as he moves effortlessly from electric to slide to resonator guitar, but he’s an ace songwriter to boot, penning all 12 of the tracks.
“Midnight Postman” mixes the blues with a funky groove, and tracks like the clever “Broken Down Hotel Blues” and “Feeling So Bad” (which features Glazer on Resonator in tribute to Johnny Winter) both have an old school feel. Tracks like “Take Me Baby,” the title cut, and “Pushing The Limits” focus are in blues rock mode. There’s also a sizzling slow blues, “Eviction Blues,” with some amazing fretwork from Glazer.
“All I Ever Wanted,” features a Hill Country-styled bass line, some shimmering guitar work from Glazer, and the background vocals of Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson. McCabe also joins Glazer on vocals for the upbeat “Walking In Detroit.” Glazer really shows off his slide guitar skills on the lovely pop-flavored “Wandering Trails.” The closing tracks are both interesting; “Misunderstood The Devil,” which mixes the Delta with the swamp and includes backward guitar and vocals, and “Emergency,” a psychedelic slow groover with wah wah guitar and electric flute (shades of Jethro Tull!) from Tom Schmaltz.
Glazer receives excellent support from Schmaltz, Chris Brown (bass), Charles David Stuart (drums), Larry Marek (organ), David Kocbus (trumpet), and the backing vocals from McCabe and Johnson are a plus, as well. Glazer never disappoints, whether with his always-absorbing guitar work, his clever and unique songwriting, and his rock solid vocals.
Whatever your musical cup of tea may be, the chances are good that you will find something to enjoy on Looking In The Mirror.
--- Graham Clarke
Cashbox Music Reviews
Brothers Records 2014
Howard Glazer is a no-nonsense blues guitarist/songwriter/vocalist who was
inducted into the Michigan Blues Hall Of Fame in April 2014. His basic backing
unit is bassist Chris Brown and drummer Charles David Stuart but at times he
expands his sound outward with keyboardist Larry Marek, additional vocalists
Maggie McCabe & Stephanie Johnson, plus an occasional flute and trumpet.
is a traditional modern day blues artist who incorporates some rock elements
into his sound but no matter where he may travel, it is his guitar work that
dominates. The tracks range from four minutes to over seven minutes in length,
which give him time to explore and develop his melodies.
times blues players are judged by their slower tempo material and “Eviction
Blues” has a heavy feel as the organ and guitar intertwine and separate. “Broken
Down Hotel Blues” has a classic Glazer solo while “Take Me Baby” fuses rock and
blues together in a pulsing manner. “Emergency” ends the album on a creative
note as his use of a flute and a wah-wah guitar push his sound and approach
outside his usual norm.
Glazer has learned his craft well and Looking
In The Mirror is another
powerful album in his chain of releases. Good blues for the car and home.
Blues Matters - UK
LOOKING IN THE MIRROR
Lazy Brothers Records
Howard Glazer, an award winning guitarist, brings Detroit influenced blues with a real mix of guitar sounds using electric, slide and resonator. This is blues that is modern, weaving in a contemporary sound with a smidgen of rock whilst still rooted in its traditional foundations. Glazer has a distinctive tone and approach that makes any track recognisable if played in a mix it does stand out from the crowd. The opening track Midnight Postman introduces Larry Marek organ playing that is heard again on a number of tracks adding layers of sound to the mix. Take Me Baby provides some rock, then if you want a twist shuffle along comes Walking in Detroit with Maggie McCabe’s and Howard Glazer’s vocals alternating but it is the trumpet solo from David Kocbus that makes this a stand out track. The title track is an interpretation of British 1960 style blues full of power and an infectious riff that makes you want to tap your feet and get up and dance. This is an album of difference as the depth and breadth of the blues are explored we have a rootsy, swampy feel delivered on Misunderstood The Devil with stripped back drumming and strong vocals and dirty guitar. This is a different play on the Robert Johnson at The Crossroads story, Howard has made this contemporary and as ever he adds a twist to the playing that keeps your interest. Emergency the closing track has a long instrumental intro before his vocals kick in along with a haunting flute from Tom Schmaltz that works well as the song slinks through emotional emergency a really dramatic and memorable track to end this album making sure you will return to again as Howard has created a sound that is alluring and will always have a surprise around the corner.
Vintage Guitar - Hit List Reviews
Looking In The Mirror
Detroit ’s rich musical
a blues scene that has thrived in the bars along the
Detroit River and on the city’s East Side. The MC5, Iggy Pop,
“Catfish” Hodge sweated it out in those clubs with sets loaded with
John Lee Hooker and Howling Wolf tunes. That world also produced
Howard Glazer, whose music has
been reverse-filtered through blues-inspired rock and roll.
Winter, who gets a dedication in the album notes, and Detroit fave
Hodge seem to have been part of the musical
inspiration for “Walking In
Detroit,” a love song to his hometown where Glazer duels with David
Kocbus’ trumpet – an instrument rarely heard in blues since
the popularization of the electric guitar.
Glazer’s singing is passable,
but his sure-handed, aggressive electric-guitar playing is rock-solid.
Standouts include the
world-weary “Broken Down Hotel Blues,” “Eviction
Blues,” the swamp-rocking “All I Ever Wanted,” and his resonator work
on “Feeling So Bad.”
Glazer is sure to grab an audience of
out-of-work folks and almost
anyone who appreciates the blues as a
music. – Rick Allen
Blues in the South - The UK
Looking In The Mirror
Lazy Brothers LB13002
Detroit guitarist Howard Glazer switches easily between the straight blues, blues-rock and psychedelic tinged rock music
here, as he always has done. He has many years experience of working in the Motor City blues clubs with many of that under-researched scene’s leading blues players, but he can also rock out when he feels the need – and here he shows off both sides of his talent, as well as filling the gap in between the two.
Howard references the UK blues boom with the title track, a riffing slab of slide driven blues, and his occasional use of a heavy wah-wah sound recalls vintage Eric Clapton with Cream (lend an ear to ‘Take Me Baby’, though Larry Marek’s organ work on this track is rather more late 60s California); he pays tribute to the late Johnny Winter with an excellent steel-bodied-guitar-propelled outing on ‘Feeling So Bad’, with some excellent slide guitar work. He hits a low-down groove for ‘Broken Down Hotel Blues’, with some distinctive tremolo guitar
work, and the opening ‘Midnight Postman’ shows an easy familiarity with blues dioms and latter day BB King, ‘Walking in Detroit’ is an excellent shuffle (with trumpet solo out of left field!) with Howard and Maggie McCabe duetting on vocals, ‘Eviction Blues’ is an impassioned
slow item and ‘Pushing The Limits’ a good old fashioned rocker.
The album closes out with couple of psychedelia tinged tracks, the spooky ‘Misunderstood The Devil’ combining Robert
Johnson, Bob Dylan and Doctor John The Night Tripper – and including backwards guitar! – and ‘Emergency’, a slow
groove with wah wah again and an electric flute. It does mean that although there are several tracks that will appeal to
purists, maybe the whole album won’t – but as an example of Howard Glazer’s music, it certainly hits the spot.
Howard Glazer Looking in the Mirror
Howard Glazer - at the registry office known as John E. Louder -
is someone you could call a guitar virtuoso. Influenced by fellow citizens as
MC5 and The Stooges and interested in the blues of the forties and fifties, he
combines this in firm but
melodic blues rock. With "Looking In The Mirror"
Glazer brings out his sixth
Glazer gives us twelve songs on the album, ranging
from funky rhythms, jazzy melodies to raw blues and sturdy rock. It is not so much that there is no pattern in the album and
styles go in all directions. The style remains blues rock, but with variations on the already mentioned theme. Tracks that
made a special impression on me are the raw
"Eviction Blues", the country blues "Misunderstood The
Devil" and "Feeling So Bad", Howards tribute to the late Johnny Winter.
"Looking In The Mirror" a great CD. Glazer
has been able to surprise me
again with tasteful blues
IL Popolo del Blues
Howard Glazer - Looking in the Mirror
It's very interesting to hear this album. Howard Glazer is in fact long-time singer guitarist: on the scene for about 20 years, was included in 2013 in Michigan Blues Hall of Fame, mind last April won the Detroit Music Award for Best Blues /R&B Instrumentalist . The risk in such cases is to rest on their laurels. Instead Glazer has managed to make a record of quality and sufficiently varied in its twelve tracks. In addition, we emphasize its technique not only with the electric guitar but also with the Resonator. Let's start from the end to emphasize the Emergency psychedelic flute with host Tom Shmalz placed as the last track. We should also mention the melodic Wandering Trails emphasized the organ of Larry Marek, shuffle Walking In Detroit Maggie McCabe on vocals, blues roots of Feeling So Bad, the ballad full effect of All I Ever Wanted, the swamp of Misunderstood by The Devil other songs absolutely enjoyable. Nice one!
Smokey Mountain Blues Society
Howard Glazer - "Looking In The Mirror"
Blue Barry – smoky mtn. blues society
Detroit Legend Howard Glazer has just finished his newest CD “Looking In The Mirror,” to the delight of his listeners. Howard was inducted into the Michigan Blues Hall of fame just last year, and this year has been chosen as the Outstanding Blues/RB Instrumentalist by the Detroit Music Awards people! Not easy to do. Now Detroit may be a Motown area, but Howard proves it’s a Blues town as well! With 12 original pieces that span the globe from slow blues, to acoustic slide, to hard rocking electric, to shuffles and psychedelic, Howard nails it! His guitar mastery in every area is uniquely great! Every cut will make you wonder how he does it, and make you nod your head, and tap your foot. I mean what else is there?
On “Emergency,” he cranks out some great wah-wah guitar, and has Tom Schmaltz play electric flute. Just a little touch of Jethro Tull, I love it! Every song is 4 minutes or longer, with his outrageous, slow, “Eviction Blues,” going over 7 minutes! He gets a chance to write, play his heart out, and show his diverse skills to the max on this newest CD. Doing the vocals, song writing, electric, and acoustic guitars, Howard really fill up the plate with blues. The more you listen to it, the more you hear. Most excellent stuff! He has “the touch” on the resonator slide as well as “owning” the electric parts. Never overbearing, or out of touch. You should try it out. It sure fits me. Go to www.cityhallrecordscom and hunt him down. It’s worth your time.
One love, blue barry ~ smoky mountain blues society.
Musiczine - France - google translator
Blues / Roots
Lazy Brothers / Frank Roszak Promotions
Howard Glazer is one of the best bluesmen in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit Music Awards Foundation has also awarded this year as the best performer of blues and R & B. Glazer on roads is for more than 20 years. It also has several albums to his credit, including the last, "Stepchild of the blues", was published in 2013. In these sessions, he has kept the rhythm section. Charles David Stuart is faithful to the drums and Chris Brown on bass. Again, Larry Marek circumstantially dependent keyboards. Glazer became a handyman. He assured the sound, mixing and production. He also signed the twelve beaches!
Sparse guitar strings introduce "Midnight postman," a blues funk upholstered interventions organ organ Marek, while the female vocals of Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson argue that the leader. "Broken down hotel blues" borrows a riff to Howlin 'Wolf. The voice of Maggie shoulder again that of Howard. This releases a great output in a cool atmosphere. Howard crushed his foot on "Take me baby" to torture the electrical vibrations of the guitar. Larry Marek takes a ticket out on his organ and reply to sharp and well amplified strings. Of good quality, "All I ever wanted" has a great melody. Miss McCabe whispers words. The assembly string is bold and very reverberant. Whether acoustic, electric or dispensed on a dobro. Detroit shuffle, "Walking in Detroit" is very close to the Chicago blues. The rhythm is well marked. Lymphatic vocal duo. Impeccable guitar. As the release of David Kocbus trumpet. "Eviction Blues" is the long slow blues was expected. The exchange between the song and the guitar is highlighted. Armed with his resonator guitar, singing a patch Glazer somewhat tired, acoustic blues "Feeling so bad." The master title is definitely the best of the album. An amplified blues characterized by guitars with different tones intertwine. The voice is nonchalant and the use of bottleneck is entirely appropriate. Supported by female vocals, Howard exchange one vote 'Dylanesque "Wandering trails", a very pretty ballad roots topped with organ and brushed haunting strings, provided by the bottleneck that slides along the ropes. Classic rock and roll, "Pushing the limits" adopts the Chuck Berry riff. Delta blues original "Misunderstood the devil" releases stripping tones, slightly acid to prepare for the meeting with the devil. And the finish is quite superb. Slow blues catchy guitar reverberated agreements, sulfur, psychedelic, "Emergency" is haunted by the ghosts that inhabit the swamps of the South; while the flute Tom Schmaltz trying to make their way through the few areas liberated by the six strings Awesome! Finally, Howard Glazer should further explore the darkest aspect of his muse ...
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.
HOWARD GLAZER/Looking in the Mirror: An old hippie that never met a blues riff or a guitar he didn't like or couldn't play invites you to stuff your pejoratives up your wazoo as he was recently inducted into the Michigan Blues Hall of Fame, Jerry Garcia hair and all. Celebrating all his recent allocates with a set that starts out with a spark and proceeds to burn down the whole block (this is from Detroit, so, really...what do you expect?) An organic recording mindful of commercial considerations, this is a smoking cooker of electric eclectic white boy blues throughout. It's a rollicking good time sure to keep the roadhouse lights on well past closing. Hot. - Chris Spector
Reflections In Blue
Lazy Brothers Records LB13002
Scheduled for release on October 21st, Looking In the Mirror features Glazer and his kick-ass band on a dozen originals, all penned by Glazer with the exception of the final cut, “Emergency,” a collaboration between Glazer and his drummer, Charles David Stuart. Glazer is, without exception, one of the finest guitarists on the contemporary blues scene. From the opening notes it is clear that we are dealing with a guitarist who knows his way around the
fretboard. As always, Glazer offers a very diverse set, mixing it up quite well between the contemporary, which he plays quite well, never losing sight of the “blues” in blues/rock and the traditional which he can, and often does, play with an alarming attention to the old-school sound and spirit. From a musical standpoint, he tears it up on this album. With Chris Brown on bass, Charles David Stuart on drums, Larry Marek on organ (Tracks 1, 3, 6 & 9), additional vocals from Maggie McCabe & Stephanie Johnson, David Kocbus on trumpet (Track 5) and Tom Schmaltz on flute (Track 12), Glazer has all his bases covered, leaving himself free to concentrate on his guitar work. Looking in the Mirror is full of Glazer’s fiery fret work, powerful and passionate, leaning heavily on the blues/ rock side of the equation. While I prefer a more traditional style, one cannot argue with talent…and talent is one thing that is not lacking on this recording. Inducted into the Michigan Blues Hall of Fame in 2013 with numerous other accolades under his belt as well, Howard Glazer has scored one more in the win column. Looking in the Mirror is essentially what the name implies, a look from a musical standpoint at who Howard Glazer is and what he has accomplished, and it’s pretty damned impressive in my opinion, regardless of personal preference concerning style. This disc essentially covers just about everything you might imagine. As for my personal favorite on the disc, I would have to say “Misunderstood the Devil,” a funky number with a swampy feel that, to some degree, retells the Robert Johnson legend with a modern twist. This was a tough one to evaluate but, after many runs through my system and careful consideration, I found that my likes far outnumbered any dislikes I might have had and, there is no argument concerning talent. Howard Glazer is a winner by any standard. – Bill Wilson
Rocktimes - form google translator
Howard GLazer Looking in the Mirror
Step Child Of The Blues scored a sibling. The
musical father Howard Glazer has come up with the name "Looking In The
Mirror" and the baptism of water was added in the pool with lots of
Howard Glazer is a master on the guitar and for that you acknowledge him
not only in his hometown of Detroit. His skills on the six strings and
in the variant with the bottleneck (in memory of Johnny Winter) are
already remarkably good. Only good his voice. Individually marked Howard
Glazer his singing can not contribute as varied as his skills on the
The arch, consisting of twelve songs, spanning from the blues of Bo
Diddley on the Swamps up to the marking of Classic Rock. Often, Maggie
McCabe and Stephanie Johnson are as choir ladies of the party. They
frame the voice of the front man utterly gorgeous and so give the two
singers the numbers with their participation a beautiful coloring.
From time to time they will also prominently placed in the foreground.
To have held the musicians and Maggie McCabe lead vocals in "Walking In
Detroit". This track is also a highlight, because the trumpeter David
Kocbus has a use. Class solo!
As already mentioned ... written by Howard Glazer compositions are
great. Since one can not complain about a plethora of options. So it
wants to bring the protagonist with the album title "Looking In The
Mirror" perhaps expressed. On the contrary, if he makes a slow blues,
its dynamics is uncritically well on the strings. Who the "Eviction
Blues" like, is also at the other numbers have to be joy.
The title track "Looking In The Mirror" show Howard Glazer and his
bottleneck-use towards British blues of the sixties. Class number, this
look back at the 12-stroke-boom of that time.
May swing the metal tubes of the Americans from Detroit and there are
ample tastings on the present plate. Even if Larry Marek is here with
his organ sounds not of the party, providing for much powerful mood.
In "Pushing The Limits", the band aims to rock. The guitar is a rock and
roll outfit and so the piece is peppered with appropriate breaks. The
six string is furious to the point and the solo is just great.
The last track is not necessarily an emergency in the serious sense.
Nevertheless, the ears are always pointed in the final five and a half
minutes, because Howard Glazer & Co. to explore the depths of the
Blues-Psychedelic. Here, the flutist Tom Schmaltz plays a significant
role. This sound fits perfectly and it is characterized beamed in the
already mentioned sixties. The Guitar events here over themselves. The
Wah Wah pedal is used by all the arts of the genre and pierced
themselves almost in the ears of the listener. The slow tempo of the
track makes an impact. Class action, this "Emergency".
Before it goes off in the Southern Swamps. Howard Glazer encountered in
this hellish affair Robert Johnson, behind the well known, often the
devil was after. "Misunderstood The Devil" is a psychedelic walk in a
guitar soundtrack is also played backwards. This number is also recorded
on the credit side.
Like the entire album. The vocal smear must be made. With Howard
Glazer is on the musical side, however much entertainment value.
La Hora Del Blues
Undoubtedly singer and guitar player Howard Glazer is one of the most outstanding names in Detroit contemporary blues scene. From the recording booth Glazer himself has produced, composed controlled and supervised his new project. It is a careful well done work, with a surprising appealing final result. There is much rock/blues on it with a good dose of eclecticism, performed by a versatile fierce and dynamic guitarist, gifted with a fine enviable technique. The cd contains a variety of different tones, rhythms and textures. You will find Bo Diddleys structures, together with classic rock, Detroit blues, shuffles, dirty down blues… Some musicians have collaborated in the album to bring an extra bright quality to it. Chris Brown bass and Charles David Stuart drums, plus guest musicians Harmonica Shah harmonica, Chuck Bartels bass, Larry Marek, organ and the voices of Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson. All have done their work with commitment and good disposition, so I am sure you will like this cd. VERY GOOD.
Chicago Blues Examiner
Stepchild of the Blues – Howard is another Detroit native, but he stayed at home instead of California dreaming. This is a blues guitar lover’s type of album. It’s a nice blend of blues and blues rock. Plenty of slide guitar a la Johnny Winter on songs “Cried All My Tears”, “Honey & Spice” and “Hurtful Feelings”. He gets a real nice sound out of his metal body resonator on “Gas Pump Blues”. Rockers include “Don’t Love You No More” and “Honey & Spice”. Some down and dirty Detroit blues on “Hurtful Feelings”, “Telephone Blues” and “Cried All My Tears”. Nice harp provided by longtime collaborator Harmonica Shah.
Roots Music ReportHoward Glazer
Stepchild Of The Blues
Howard Glazer’s new album “Stepchild Of The Blues” has arrived and is making radio and blues fans around the globe smile with pleasure.
Howard Glazer has his own captivating music thing going on, and this means anyone can listen and immediately identify the sound as Glazers. And what a sound it is. This man sings and writes as skillfully as any blues performer and songwriter in the biz. “Stepchild Of The Blues” was mixed with a raw down home feel and the tracks are varied as to keep your senses delighted.
Folks this is blues presented by someone that has his pulse on the blues beat and sound and without a doubt this album is one of the best in blues for 2013.
Blues Bytes November 2013
Detroit guitar man Howard Glazer was recently nominated for the 2013Downbeat Critics Choice awards for Best Rising Star – Guitar and Best Blues Artists, and has won multiple music awards in the Motor City, and deservedly so, based on the sounds coming from his latest release, Stepchild of the Blues (Lazy Brothers Records). Glazer demonstrates his guitar chops on a variety of tunes that move from scorching blues/rock to acoustic country blues with several stops in-between.
The opener, “Don’t Love You No More,” is your basic blues rocker, with lots of impressive lead work from Glazer. “Shakin’” updates the old Bo Diddley beat, and “Gas Pump Blues” keeps things retro with Glazer on resonator backed by Harmonica Shah as they address a familiar topic to most of us these days. “Telephone Blues” is a nice slow urban blues with some tasty guitar from Glazer backed by Larry Marek on organ, and the soulful “Honey & Spice” features some muscular slide guitar and lead work.
“Somewhere” is a bit of a change of pace, more of a rock ballad that mixes acoustic guitar with some piercing electric lead and organ …. very well done. “Cried All My Tears” offers more great slide work, and “Liquor Store Legend” leans more toward the urban sound again Glazer’s tight lead work is perfectly complemented by Marek’s contributions on the organ. The disc goes out on top with the magnificent “Hurtful Feeling,” teaming Glazer with Harmonica Shah once again. This time around, the duo really go at it with Glazer’s electrifying slide guitar front and center.
In addition to Harmonica Shah, others contributing to the disc include Chris Brown (bass), Charles David Stuart (drums), Marek (organ), and Chuck Bartels (bass on three tracks). The background vocals from Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson make a great disc even better. Blues guitar fans will find a lot to enjoy when listening to the talents of Howard Glazer and Stepchild of the Blues.
JB Pour BCR #35 December 2013 - France
Stepchild of the blues
Come on, back to Detroit was the capital of the automobile, with another six-string virtuoso , who honors us with this Stepchild Of the Blues , nine new songs from his fourth jet . Building on its thriving musical past guitarist Howard Glazer , makes us revisit the sound, a musical universe lying on the side of blues rock . This is a trio with Chris Brown on bass, and Charles David Stuart on drums, he produced and directed this new shot . Guests, obviously for support . Harmonica Shah , also of Detroit, just put his voice and ruin chops on two songs (Gas Pump Blues and Hurtful Feelings ) . Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson also pose their voice choir . Chuck Bartels plays the bass on three tracks , as Larry Marek which operates the organ. My favorite : On a Bo Diddley beat , " Shakin ' that sits in two beach . The remarkable and atmospheric " Telephone Blues " extirpated a juke joint , and " Cried All My Tears" at the Johnny Winter fashion worth its weight in gold . Do not forget the smooth ballad " Somewhere " with female hearts , bringing a touch of sweetness. An incendiary guitar, chatting as we like , on supported rhythms that inspire us, for good and wild urban blues megalopolis. Often comes in slide , this sincere directory , we also surprises with catchy melodies . Well fine work . A shimmering and linear branches , well set on rough traditional roots .
Howard Glazer Stepchild of the Blues
The fourth CD of Howard Glazer Stepchild Of The Blues had just escaped my attention. Quite wrongly as it is an excellent blues / roots / rock CD. All songs are written by Howard himself, who has also produced a whole lot of sense.
This time he does not play with his band the EL 34's but with great musicians that can really add something and do it. For example Harmonica Shah with great harmonica work on numbers Gas Pump Blues and Hurtful Feeling. The last number is the highlight of the CD, which besides the brilliant play of harmonica Harmonica Shah also nice 'fat' slide guitar work of Howard very well to its promise. A lovely lingering slow blues!
Incidentally, the CD immediately all good starts with Do not Love You No More. Great catchy uptempo blues rock again with 'fat' guitar work of Howard Glazer and flowing bass of Chris Brown. The soulful backing vocals of Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson makes this song completely. Shakin ', a song built on the guitar riffs of Bo Didley, is too little adventurous, we have all heard now. The next song Gas Pump Blues makes it all right again. Cool performed original work with a modern theme (high petrol prices).
Telephone blues is something too little original (the start doing very reminiscent of It Hurts Me Too), but that is partly offset by the "flushing" organ of Larry Marek. Then follow Honey & Spice, straightforward blues rock, also nothing new under the sun, but nice tight drumming by Charles David Stuart and beautiful Dylan-like Somewhere with Howard now also on the acoustic guitar with beautiful, moody background vocals Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson.
After bluesy rock song Cried All My Tears and Liquor Store Legend, with great interplay of Howard Glazer on guitar and Larry Marek on the organ, as stated previously, the absolute highlight of CD: Hurtful Feeling.
In short: A well built and reasonably varied CD. Decent, but not very adventurous blues / roots / rock, which builds on the foundation already laid. By other blues / roots / rock artists About the musicians we can be brief: all of great class. A great CD so!
Jan Marius Franzen
M Music & Musicians - 12-2013
Howard Glazer Stepchild of the Blues
How great it must be to make a guitar whimper and whine like Howard Glazer does. On "Cried All My Tears", when he sings, It's a sad, sad storry," then underscores his point with a crying electric-blues lick, he demands both sympathy and awe- always welcome in his line of work. But Glazer is no mope. On "Liquor Store Legend" and "Gas Pump Blues" the veteran Detroit string bender makes light of his troubles, singing with a slightly slurry, perfectly imperfect Midwestern yowl. On "Telephone Blues" he recalls how he bought his girl some tennis shoes, only to watch her "run around all night". That punch line warrants a rim shot, but he peels off a sweet riff instead.
Blues & Rhythm - The UK - October 2013
Howard Glazer Stepchild Of The Blues
Lazy Brothers LB13001 (43:01)
Howard Glazer can play the deep Detroit blues (listen to ‘Telephone Blues’), thanks to many years of association with some of its leading practitioners, and also fierce blues-rock in a Johnny Winter vein. These two facets are well-represented on this CD, with the opener a driving rocker with screaming guitar licks followed by a fine Bo Diddley inspired ‘Shakin’’ and then easing into ‘Gas Pump Blues’ (obviously a Motor City number!) with Howard on vocals and resonator guitar with Harmonica Shah blowing away – the latter also crops up on the low-down closing number. The set continues in this very successful mix of styles (and ‘Liquor Store Legend’ is also very Detroit) so that if you are looking for a sampler of Detroit’s contemporary blues sound, this fits the bill very nicely indeed.
Big City Blues Oct./Nov. 2013
Howard Glazer Step Child of the Blues review
Powerful Detroit blues guitarist and no –holds-barred vocalist Howard Glazer draws upon various elements of his wide-ranging musical past to deliver a rootsy, guitar-based blues-rock vision that’s second to none. Written, engineered and produced by Glazer himself (accompanied solely by bassist Chris Brown and drummer Charles David Stuart) along with guest shots from pals like Harmonica Shah on the all-too topical “Gas Pump Blues (I Won’t Be Drivin Anymore)” as well as on the down-and-dirty manifesto “ Hurtful Feeling” and organ wiz Larry Marek-on both the Bo Diddley beat scorcher “Shakin” and the Detroit-vested “Cried All My Tears” (dig Glazer’s ripping slide guitar work) Glazer’s unmistakable tone and inside-out technique also enlivens tracks like the juke joint atmospheric “Telephone Blues” an abrasively rocking “Honey and Spice” and the wide smiling party tune: Liquor Store Legend” Deep Detroit blues at its most smoking
- Gary von Tersch
Blues Underground Network
Howard Glazer quickly became a favorite of mine with his previous release "Wired For Sound" as Howard Glazer And The EL 34s. Now with his follow up release "Stepchild Of The Blues", my anticipatory wait since "Wired For Sound" is now over and I could not be more happier.
Considered by many to be one of the finest Guitarists around, especially in the Detroit area, Howard Glazer has been playing Blues and Blues Rock for well over 2 decades, and through it all, he has had the opportunity to perform with many greats, which included Johnny Winter, B. B. King, Savoy Brown, and David "Honeyboy" Edwards, to name but a few. David "Honeyboy" Edwards was actually one of the special guests on "Wired For Sound"
For "Stepchild Of The Blues", Howard Glazer brings us nine great Tracks, all written by Glazer. Of the nine Tracks, six are new originals and three are classic redone originals, two of which were on his 2007 release, “Liquor Store Legend”, the title Track and "Gas Pump Blues". In addition to Producing "Stepchild Of The Blues", Howard Glazer also took the helm as Engineer and Mixer.
Musicians on "Stepchild Of The Blues" included the core band of Howard Glazer (Guitars & Vocals), Chris Brown (Bass), and Charles David Stuart (Drums). Special Guests, on various Tracks included Harmonica Shah (Harmonica), Chuck Bartels (Bass), Larry Marek (Organ), and Vocalists Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson, whom were also Vocalists on "Wired For Sound".
"Stepchild Of The Blues" starts the ball rolling with "Don't Love You No More" a nice roots rocker chalked full of great Glazer style Guitar riffs and some mighty fine solo work around the halfway mark. Maggie McCabe and Stephanie Johnson get in on the action with their fabulous Backing Vocals.
A nice Bo Diddley beat grabs us right away on the next Track "Shakin". Searing Guitar work which wonderfully permeates all the pours of this album is abundant on this beauty.
Track three "Gas Pump Blues" offers up a slower tempo, yet no less intense tune, that features Glazer on a Resonator Guitar and included Harmonica Shah making his first of two appearances blowing one mean Harp. Harmonica Shah also did some mighty fine Harmonica work on Track 9 "Hurtful Feelings". "Stepchild Of The Blues" sees Howard Glazer and Harmonica Shah reunited for the first time in 10 years, ever since Shah's 2003 release "Tell It To Your Landlord".
One of my favorites on "Stepchild Of The Blues", was Track 6 "Somewhere", a really nice ballad, reminescent of Dylan's style.
Another favorite, amongst many on "Stepchild Of The Blues", was "Liquor Store Legend", a fun up beat tune that had a nice call and response feel throughout between Glazer and Maggie McCabe & Stephanie Johnson. Larry Marek, whom plays Organ on three of the albums Tracks, bring his mastery to the forefront just past the halfway mark, as he trades off with Glazer.
My wait, after listening to "Wired For Sound", was not that long, just over a year but still well worth it as Howard Glazer and Company have brought out another mighty fine album with "Stepchild Of The Blues", and yes it has also whetted my appetite for more, but for now, the replay button will work just fine.
Highly Recommended and Thoroughly Enjoyed...
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
Reflections In Blue Review
Stepchild of the Blues
Lazy Brothers Records LB13001
Detroit based Howard Glazer knocks it out of the park with this one. All original tunes written by Glazer and predominantly with a rootsy, Americana flavor Stepchild of the Blues Has Glazer playing it close to the vest and as bluesy as it gets. There is plenty of Glazer’s signature playing but this one is pretty much straight-up traditional blues from start to finish. His playing is right on the money every step of the way, powerful, passionate and dripping with raw emotional power. This may well be the best work I have heard from the Detroit guitar wizard to date. In many respects it is the most traditional album I have heard. He is reunited with Harmonica Shah on two of the disc’s nine tracks. If you like your blues with a hard edge yet leaning toward the traditional, Stepchild of the Blues is as good as it gets. Reminiscent in some respects of the older blues/rock styles, this one has everything you could possibly be looking forward to. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. This one has enough of that traditional, rootsy feel to keep my attention and his guitar work is technically as good as it gets. If you are looking for the best of both worlds, this may be just what the doctor ordered. This one will spend some major time in my player for sure. – Bill Wilson