9 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Charlie Hunter is an unusual guitarist. Not only is his musical approach unique, but so is his instrument. For nearly 20 years Hunter has played custom-built seven- and eight-string electric guitars that allow him to play melodic leads, fat bass lines, and rhythm guitar simultaneously. His technique is extraordinary yet his music is all about feel, a fluid mix of funk, blues, and soulful jazz. The way he locks in a bass groove with drummer Eric Kalb while still firing off crisp melody lines is jaw dropping. And there is plenty to groove to on this release. Moving away from his recent trio format for this album, here he and Kalb are joined by the ultra-talented horn section of Curtis Fowlkes and Alan Ferber on trombones and Eric Biondo on trumpet; the quintet catches fire throughout. “Antoine” and “High Pockets and a Fanny Pack” swing like mad, “High and Dry” and “Every Day You Wake Up and New York Says No” are marvelously mellow and melodic, and the title track is pure stuttering funk. These nine songs are concise, spare, and catchy with lots of space and precious few solos — just superb, no-frills jams from start to finish.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Charlie Hunter is an unusual guitarist. Not only is his musical approach unique, but so is his instrument. For nearly 20 years Hunter has played custom-built seven- and eight-string electric guitars that allow him to play melodic leads, fat bass lines, and rhythm guitar simultaneously. His technique is extraordinary yet his music is all about feel, a fluid mix of funk, blues, and soulful jazz. The way he locks in a bass groove with drummer Eric Kalb while still firing off crisp melody lines is jaw dropping. And there is plenty to groove to on this release. Moving away from his recent trio format for this album, here he and Kalb are joined by the ultra-talented horn section of Curtis Fowlkes and Alan Ferber on trombones and Eric Biondo on trumpet; the quintet catches fire throughout. “Antoine” and “High Pockets and a Fanny Pack” swing like mad, “High and Dry” and “Every Day You Wake Up and New York Says No” are marvelously mellow and melodic, and the title track is pure stuttering funk. These nine songs are concise, spare, and catchy with lots of space and precious few solos — just superb, no-frills jams from start to finish.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
BaltiSean ,

Musicianship is great - compositions are so-so.

After 5 great albums in a row: Right Now Move, Friends Seen and Unseen, Copperopolis, Mistico, and Baboon Strength (AND all the Garage A Trois/Stanton Moore stuff) - I was expecting a bit more. As per usual, I gave the album many listens before my verdict. This one doesn't quite grab me like the other ones did. It seems to me as though the song ideas are a bit recycled. Almost as if he was relying more on the instrumentation change than the actual material.

Don't get me wrong, it's still an OK record, just not up to the standards set by his previous albums. That said, it's good to know that Mr Hunter might, after all, be of this earth and human. You can't win them all.

Keep making them, Charlie. I'll keep listening. You're still my favorite :)

mwiese ,

Keep it coming!

This album is a breath of fresh air after Baboon Strength and Mistico (which were kinda weak). Charlie keeps it funky showing the aftermath of the latest Garage a Trois album. Stanton Moore's influence is apparant here with the phat horns and rudametary beats. I highly reccomend!

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