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Steve Oliver

Playing sideman to Rick Braun, Larry Carlton, Gato Barbieri, the Neville Brothers, and many others introduced guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver to smooth jazz fans, but it was with Steve Reid's band that Oliver found a following. It was 1996 when Reid contacted Oliver at the last minute to fill in for a canceled opening act. Oliver hit the stage as a solo act and Reid was impressed with the guitarist's vocalese skills and summery sound (Oliver is a California native and a true follower of the laid-back lifestyle). Oliver had come to vocalese not through King Pleasure or Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, but through Bobby McFerrin and Pat Metheny's work with Richard Bona and David Blamires, who sang along with guitar solos. Being a fan of the earthy Metheny sound, Reid hired Oliver after the gig and featured him in his touring band. Reid's Mysteries and Passion in Paradise albums featured Oliver not only as guitarist but songwriter as well.

Oliver struck out on his own in 1999 with his debut, First View, released by Night Vision. The album spawned three hit singles on smooth jazz radio and earned the guitarist a Debut Artist of the Year award from Smooth Jazz News. Duties in Reid's band kept Oliver busy until 2002, when he released Positive Energy on Native Language. Spyro Gyra keyboardist Tom Schuman was in the producer's chair for Oliver's third album, 3-D, released by Koch in 2004. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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Great
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Listening to Steve doin' vocals over his guitar reminds of some of the great "growlers" who worked along with some of the great trios and quartets in the 50s and 60s
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Lovin this the vocals and guitar talk to each other.
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julianaylor
I agree with Lc.wright233 2 ! He's in the groove!!
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Harmonizing as one voice, guitarist Steve Oliver and his guitar, absolutely fantastic, music makes you want to get on the dance floor and work that groove thing, be down, party like there's no tomorrow
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Love it, very soft and smooth, take me to another dimension.
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Smoother than silk. Love it.
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thecleaner96
Love this piece, so smooth
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You know when i listen to anything by steve, he reminds me how much I miss midnight pacific coastal rides along pch 101.You make me miss that ocean mist my face.great musician..
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Great Songs and Playing Steve, would love to work with you one day , God Bless
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Sounds sooooo good!!!!!' THE BEST!!!
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I want to say
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I think I love it
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I heard his beautiful music many times before, but today I wanted to find out who the artist was, so I read his impressive bio. Now, I'm his fan!
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Great music!
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mlewis2864
Saw him this weekend in the snow and cold of Chicago. He lit the place up. No body wanted to go home!!!
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Steve is an amazing performer, he returns to his roots at La Palapa in Belmont Shore, California once in a while to play. We asked Steve to play at our wedding reception and he did!!! We were so blessed to share his music with all our friends. He loves kids and our grand kids love his music, when he sees kids in the restaurant loving his music he is so gracious to them.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
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I rate this a. #10
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I don't know who the hell this guy is but ...he is very smooth .... And i love his music ...WOW ....
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I like........ . . . . . . l o l
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Music that speaks to your soul through his finger tips Love It!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Steve is so amazing - we asked him to play at our wedding reception and he did!!!! Love this guy!
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Riding along Chicagos' famous Lake Shore Drive, lost in this amazing tune.
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Amazing performance by Steve back in 2005 in Vegas has made me A fan for life!!
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faulkeys
Great!
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Laid-back Cali Style ...This Guy is Baaad Azzzz!!!
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judy.ollry
This past week, I heard Steve Oliver at Silos in Napa Valley. I had just gotten his new CD a week before. What a treat! We even got to talk with him after, get autographs and take a picture with him. He's an amazing talented musician.
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WOW---I don't know how to dance, but this sassy sound makes me want to learn. 2 Thumbs Up!!
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I knew him before he really became famous... I have a copy of 3D autographed by him. So Awesome
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One of my Favorites
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very smooth
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one of the best jazz guitarist to come along !
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doug5341
what an awesome flamenco style jazz guitarist-
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ewpeterson1
My husband and I heard Steve Oliver play at the Catalina Island JazzTrax festival in Oct. 2010 -- incredible! He was one of our favorite performers (others were Everette Harp and Mindi Abair). Hoping that someday he'll play at OneWorld Theater in Austin, TX.
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I saw Steve last Friday in Denver...the man is unbelievable ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I will make a point to check him out everytime he's in Denver or near by!
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This is my first time hearing this man ,it want be the last..love his sound...
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the_artz
Steve is a bad man. I met him at NAMM 2010 and he was really approachable and Cali Cool!
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I had the pleasure of seeing Steve at the Kings Center, Melbourne, Florida on 4/16. He was awesome. I'm sorry to say I had never heard of him before but now I'm a fan for life...
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First heard Steve playing a lounge act gig at a local restaurant before he started recording. Had a musician friend back east who went by "Steven Oliver" so the name stuck.
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tucker4452
We met Steve on a Smooth Jazz Cruise earlier this year,AWSOME! ! His voice is like another instrument. Can't wait to see him again :)
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He is as great in person as he is on disc!
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srctr58
Brings my blood pressure down.....sou n d s great.
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will.scott
Met Steve in Ft. Lauderdale when he had just started with Reed's new band Rainforest. The gig included Jeff Kashiwa and Kim Stone, two other Rippingtons drop outs from the best band the Rips ever fielded. Rainforest really clicked that day...
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I hope that Pandora plays this one more often!
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m1chrae
This is an awesome smooth jam......no denying
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Steve is a breath of fresh air.

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