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Mike Daly


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Post  Posted 2 Oct 2016 8:10 am    
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Mike Neer has a released a new CD this week; entitled "Steelonious" , it features straight steel arrangements of Jazz great Thelonious Monk. Accompanied by a tasteful ensemble comprised of piano and a rhythm section with some vibraphone for good measure, this album is a listening treasure. Whether you are a fan of straight steel(no pedals), jazz, or steel guitar of any sort, you should find this CD highly entertaining and a joy to listen to. Job well done Mike!!!
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John Macy


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Post  Posted 3 Oct 2016 11:26 am    
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My copy showed up Friday and its been in my player since...great record, great playing and one of the best steel records sonically I've heard in a while!
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 9 Oct 2016 5:53 am    
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Thanks, gentlemen!

I set out to make a record that just didn't appeal to steel players--I can see I succeeded in that respect! Laughing

Check out the first review of the record from noted journalist Marc Meyers: http://www.jazzwax.com/2016/10/mike-neer-steelonious.html
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Craig Stock


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Westfield, NJ USA
Post  Posted 9 Oct 2016 6:21 am    
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Congrats Mike,

I will be ordering your cd soon, send a copy to WBGO if you haven't already!
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Storm Rosson


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Silver City, NM. USA
Post  Posted 10 Oct 2016 10:55 am    
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This is the first time I stopped and listened to some cuts Mike and they are excellent. I haven't listened to any Monk in decades and and your interpretations are kikass thx for this album. Smile
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 12 Oct 2016 5:02 am    
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Thanks for the kind words, Storm.
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Joe Goldmark


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San Francisco, CA 94131
Post  Posted 15 Oct 2016 1:01 pm    
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What a great idea, doing an all Monk album. Mike sails up the river into the heart of jazz, and nails it. The beauty of Thelonious Monk is that he had so many interesting melodies, that you don't have to be a be-bopper to appreciate them. I wouldn't necessarily call Mike a jazz player, but I love what he does on these tunes.

If anybody has heard any of the albums by TJ Kirk with Charlie Hunter (who played tunes by T-Thelonious, J-James Brown and Kirk-Roland Kirk and sometimes mixed them together), you'll especially appreciate what Mike has done on this album.

I urge anyone who likes to hear the steel in different settings to check this album out.

Joe
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Henry Senior


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Post  Posted 18 Oct 2016 3:12 pm    
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this album and listen to it loads - great arrangements, really great playing and choice sounds, by Mike and everyone involved Exclamation
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Post  Posted 28 Dec 2016 9:34 am     wow!
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After listening to the snippets on the internet, I couldn't resist. The CD arrived yesterday, and it's a masterpiece! Really beautiful. Nice to hear it on the big speakers instead of the computer, too.

I might have to add a couple of these tunes to Wine Country Swing's repertoire. I'd never thought of Monk's music for the steel before. This gives me a fresh view.
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2016 7:40 am    
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Thanks for all the kind words. I feel like we left everything on the field, so to speak. I couldn't be happier with the way the record turned out, and the reception has been great. I'm still hoping that a few more publications like Downbeat, Guitar Player and Jazz Times get around to reviewing it.

I have the next 3 or 4 CDs already planned out, and they are going to be great if they ever materialize. I learned a lot from this process.
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Rick Schmidt


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Prescott AZ, USA
Post  Posted 30 Dec 2016 4:06 pm    
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As primarily a jazz lover myself, this is really the ONLY steel guitar recording I can remember hearing that I can truly imagine hearing on a jazz radio station! Not that there isn't some great jazz steel playing on recordings, but there's something different about Mike's CD that I feel can really reach the (sometimes snobby and opinionated) jazz audience. (even though I know he says it wasn't his intention to make a "JAZZ" record...)

Bravo Mike!
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Jim Robbins


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Ontario, Canada
Post  Posted 30 Dec 2016 4:35 pm    
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As part of the sometimes snobby and opinionated jazz audience (actually, in my case it would be always snobby and opinionated), I think one of the appealing things about the cd is that the band sounds like they are really into it. Sometimes 'jazz steel' rhythm sections sound like country session players phoning it in.

I just got a copy recently (took a while, it seems to have been back-ordered) and very much enjoyed it.
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David Weisenthal


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2016 8:46 pm    
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My copy came the day before Christmas, and I kept it in the car cd player all weekend. Really amazing work, great jazz, great band.
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 9 Jan 2017 4:38 am    
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Thank you for your comments. I'm so glad you dig the record.

I've been pretty busy getting this together for some live shows and also demoing some stuff for the next record (I've got another 4 or 5 CDs planned). Very Happy
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