Message in Blue: available now on Delmark Records CD and LP !
"Deeply satisfying, incendiary guitar playing,
dramatically charged singing."

-Chicago Tribune

"Specter's guitar playing swings, bites and slides throughout,
singing it's heart out." 4 Stars
-All Music Guide

"Guitarist Dave Specter is playing gutsy Magic Sam and Otis Rush Chicago blues with undercurrents of T-Bone Walker and Kenny Burrell. He is phenomenal here (on Message in Blue) cutting the figure of someone who is in complete control of his craft." 4 Stars

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Message in Blue
4 Star Review in All Music Guide: Here!

Message in Blue
Chicago Tribune
feature article/review: Here!

Message in Blue
Chicago SunTimes feature article/review: Here!

Dave was recently featured on the cover of Blues Blast online magazine!

Chicago Blues Guide review + photos of Dave's Adventures in Guitar show with Jimmy Johnson

Chicago Blues Guide review + photos of Dave's Adventures in Guitar show with Billy Flynn

"Specter's ninth album confirms his status as one of the few top-tier guitarists."

"Specter holds a unique place in the pantheon of guitar players.
...hard charging blues, an irresistible listen."

-Vintage Guitar

"Specter straddles the line between blues and jazz  ...simultaneously sophisticated and raunchy, and always swinging with lots of feeling."
- Jazz Times

"Effortlessly weaving jazzy precision into smoky, blues-inflected guitar rumblings, Dave Specter establishes himself as a definitive player in the hepcat instrumental arena."
- Living Blues

"Emotion-laden and incisive, it's Specter's guitar work you'll remember." -Guitar World


"Spectified is an album that is not only purely instrumental, it is also an album that is instrumentally pure... musical magic”  -The Blues Report

"Spectified: a rare example of an instrumental set which loses nothing with repeated listens—and its ability to put a smile on the face only seems to grow with each successive spin."
-All About Jazz

"Specter's playing is smooth and soulful....His production work is impeccable." - Blues Revue

"Specter is a stylish Stratocaster star with a deathgrip on classic blues guitar sensibilities."- Pulse

"Dave Specter is a phenomenal talent...  in more adventurous times could have topped the charts" - Blues

"If contemporary blues has a fast track, Dave Specter is on of the circuit's most tasteful guitarists."  -Chicago Tribune

Vintage Guitar magazine feature article and review Jan. 2011 issue.

Dave's portrait and quote appear in Stephen Azzato's beautiful new book:
"Their Love of Music"


Specter's biography and reviews are also listed in The All Music Guide to the Blues, MusicHound Blues - the Essential Album Guide, The Big Book of Blues and dozens of other blues publications. Dave makes a cameo appearance in Andrew Vachss' crime fiction mystery novel Safe House.