"And I thought Joe Pass had chops. I still remember hearing Pass's Virtuoso album for the first time, wondering how one guy with two hands could play so many parts at once. Now, along comes King, transforming his lone guitar into an even fuller ensemble capable of playing more complicated arrangements…He has no apparent peers..." - Dirk Sutro, former jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times; author of Jazz for Dummies; and host of "The Lounge" on KPBS-FM San Diego.
"It is amazing, the things he plays on the guitar! Steven has demonstrated a mastery of the individual approach to guitar playing. The guitar/bass voicings he uses are unique and entertaining. Steven King is a very musical guitar player and a joy to listen to."
- Al Hendrickson, master Hollywood session guitarist, the most recorded guitarist in the world from 1947-1980
"It’s hard to top Steven King... He knocked us silly with solo acoustic renditions of the Benny Goodman staple 'Sing, Sing, Sing' and Dave Brubeck's odd-meter workout 'Blue Rondo A La Turk'." - Guitar Player Magazine (early 90s)
"Steven King is the only other solo guitarist that knows more songs than I who can perform them fully arranged on the fly with precise execution. If we ever got on stage together we would NOT be stumped!"
- Edgar Cruz, nationally acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, competed in the 1994 World Fingerstyle Championship with Steven, at Winfield (note from SK: we later did play a couple concerts together, and true that, we weren't stumped. I first heard Edgar at the Winfield championship competition, he was amazing.)
"Steven King has taken the acoustic guitar to places many guitar players never even thought of. From Jazz to Pop songs new and old, Steven lays out personal renditions with an elegance and flair that is totally 'Steven King' . And the latter part is the best compliment I could give any player. I'm also glad to be called his friend." -Doyle Dykes, world-acclaimed guitar virtuoso (note from SK - if you haven't heard Doyle play, look him up. He is a powerbul acoustic fingerstyle player with some amazing moves and sounds.)
"I've never heard anyone play bass lines, chords and melodies simultaneously, with such precision, as Steven King. Being the guitarist for the Manhattan Transfer, I'm particularly fond of his MT and other similar jazz repertoire. He's got it all covered..." -Wayne Johnson, guitarist for the Manhattan Transfer (note from SK - Wayne is a super nice man, and impressive guitar player in both in the MT band, and on solo guitar.)
"...I wrote 33 articles for ‘Guitar Player.’ I have more than 8,800 jazz guitar recordings and nearly 2000 jazz guitar videos...I feel qualified in saying Steven King is the greatest solo guitarist I’ve ever seen or heard!!"... -Robert Yelin, music professor and Guitar Player Magazine columnist
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National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship 1st place trophy at Winfield 94
"...If you want to literally hear John and Paul's voices in the guitar strings and again, exquisitely well-played guitar music, ...Steven King..." .-published article "Four Fabulous guitarists play the FAB FOUR!" By James R. Webb [reviewing King's "Beatle-ing" CD series]
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Steven's other CDs are solo fingerstyle guitar gens, deftly preserving the songs from our great composers and bands of the 20th century in unique guitar arrangements, and offering some original music too. But this new all original "music for kids" MP3 album (now available for purchase in the CDs page) is an ensemble production with both instrumental and vocal music with witty lyrics that tell a story with universal good messages that touch the heart. Steven describes his approach to making this family-oriented project:
" Children take in music, no matter if it is pop, jazz, latin, classical, or world music - they feel it, their minds are opened with it, and their growth and learning are enhanced. So I don't feed them elementary music, or overly simplified baby songs, or extremely dissonant jazz. What I offer them is original music with the sophistication of catchy melody, very pretty harmonies, surprising counterpoint and fresh chord progressions that weave beautifully through key changes, all riding on a happy variety of rhythms and beats. This honors children, and lets their souls and imaginations soar."
actual press accolades:
...in the cat bird seat... "No hanky panky, no tomfoolery, no skullduggery, no lollygagging, and no falderal." - remembering the great Del Simmons (clarinet, saxophone, band leader)