Steve Freund & Gloria Hardiman – Set Me Free
Delmark DE 837 (2014)
Born and raised in Brooklyn, blues guitarist Steve Freund was reborn a Chicagoan when he relocated in 1976. The list of people he’s played with reads like a Who’s Who of Chicago blues legends – including Sunnyland Slim, Luther Allison, Lonnie Brooks, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, Johnny Littlejohn and Big Walter Horton. Originally issued on the Razor label, this 1983 album was Steve’s debut as leader. Set Me Free teams him up with vocalist Gloria Hardiman, whose voice was one of the richest, toughest blues voices on the Chicago scene at the time…a voice that’ll steal your soul and take it right up to heaven. Contains four bonus tracks including the previously unissued tracks “Homework” and “Kiddio” along with two by Ken Saydak, keyboardist for the whole album, from a rare ’83 Razor single.