Review: Michael Lee Hill

Michael Lee Hill
“Frozen Thought’
(Moment Point Records)

This is the sophomore release from guitar impressionist Michael Lee Hill. On this CD, he makes an “attempt to communicate emotions, ideas, and feelings…” There is a different mood to each track that adds a lot of variety here. The use of programmed drums seems lifeless compared to Hill’s animate playing where used (“Turn of the Century”). Better is kit drumming (“Transition”, “Jibbom”). “Jibbom” is the Steve Vai piece and this is the track Vai personally selected as the winner of the Ibanez/Steve Vai/Tonos 2010 Guitar Challenge. I am sure we will hear more in the future from this talented rock guitarist.