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Editors’ Notes

Featuring a new crew since 2006’s Copperopolis, this lineup of the Charlie Hunter Trio includes Simon Lott on drums and Erik Deutsch on piano and Fender Rhodes (and occasionally a CasioTone for effect), while Hunter works the frets on his 7-string guitar. The trio sounds loose and free on these 10 Hunter compositions and the entire recording has a warm and live-in-the-studio feel. Even the production tweaks and scattered ambient noises sound organic. This is just their first recording as a unit, yet these three inventive musicians have no problem hitting a groove — Lott and Deutsch are consistently superb throughout. An innovative and singular guitar player with a long string of solid releases and fascinating collaborations reaching back to 1993, Hunter continues to stretch his imagination with Mistico, producing a soulful hybrid of many styles, including stuttering funk (“Speakers Built In”), slinky soul (“Wizard Sleeve”), flat-out rock (“Balls”), and atmospheric, bluesy ballads (“Estranged,” “Mistico”). It’s yet another adventurous and enjoyable set by Charlie Hunter and company.

Customer Reviews

Jazzy groove funk rock, but better than that sounds

I have been listening to Charlie since 1994, and I must say this new lineup is one of the best ever. This album is the culmination of this Trio playing out over the past year, and it is just excellent. I love the new driving groove that Charlie has developed with the help of Simon Lott, and the textured melodic genius of Erik Deutsch. I was a little scared when Charlie took the 8th string off the Novax, but I don't even miss it now. I think it enabled him to reach deeper into this harder groove funk territory, it's almost rock. Check this out, it's a refreshing look at the world of jazz and jam based music.

Yes.

If you love Charlie's style, Simon and Eric only add to how wonderful it is. I have a few live recordings of this stuff. Amazing. Put this on the headphones and go ride your bike. You will never ride the same.

Mistico

I'm a rock and roller by heart but I caught these guys in concert over the summer. I really got off on the show. Bought the record Mistico which they were touring in support of. It is a captivating record and something that I'm glad I stretched my horizons for. Try it and I think you will like it.Dan Cranford.

Biography

Born: 1968 in Rhode Island

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As a young guitarist growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Charlie Hunter was looking for a way to stand out in the '80s. His primary influences were jazz great Joe Pass and the fluid Tuck Andress (of the guitar/vocal duo Tuck & Patti), both six-string guitarists who were adept at blending bass notes into their standard guitar melodies to make themselves sound like two musicians at once. But Hunter wanted to take it one step further and set out to find an instrument on which he could simultaneously...
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