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Let the Bells Ring On (feat. Curtis Fowlkes & Bobby Previte)

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Album Review

Charlie Hunter is the best kind of restless musician. Just about every new album brings another new ensemble and new possibilities. This time out, Hunter teams with drummer Bobby Previte (who he has recorded with extensively) and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes (who played on Hunter's 2003 album Right Now Move). Both players have been stalwarts of the N.Y.C. jazz scene since the late '70s but have played on any number of jazz, rock, and pop recordings. As players, they really know how to serve a song rather than put their imprint on it and Hunter takes full advantage with a really strong batch of tunes that play less like jazz and more like classic pop and soul tunes. They've got strong, catchy melodies, nice changes, and in-the-pocket grooves that can't be beat. Any solos are not just economical; they stay so close to the melodies that they're almost like lyrics. There's no flashy playing or showing off to speak of, just a bunch of great tunes and three great musicians working to do them justice. Some tracks are so catchy, you'll think they've rearranged an old song that you already know. While sounding completely contemporary, Let the Bells Ring On is a great album that harks back to a time when jazz was actually popular music (Ramsey Lewis, Young-Holt Unlimited, Ahmad Jamal) and the song came ahead of the players.

Customer Reviews

The Trio Brings the Groove

California raised Charlie Hunter introduces a new trio with Let the Bells Ring On, a program of evocatively greasy originals reuniting the 7-String guitar wizard with longtime collaborators trombone master Curtis Fowlkes and drum maestro Bobby Previte. This album is gritty, groovy and downright celebratory, and features 10 original tunes by Hunter designed for the trio’s singular, deep-pocket sound. Previte and Fowlkes, a charter member of the Lounge Lizards and the Jazz Passengers, were both essential participants on the Downtown scene in the 1970s and have worked together in countless settings over the years. Hunter and Previte have toured and recorded together in various all-star cooperative ensembles, including Omaha Diner, so you can hear the long formed relationship in their playing. Hunter says "...he’s always been one of my favorite drummers. He came up in the 1960s, and he has the beat. You have to have lived it to have that feel.”

With Fowlkes singing on his horn to compliment the rhythm, this new trio's soul-drenched groove and laid back jams are a force to be reckoned with. "The guitarist cedes nearly all the lead duties to the bone player" reveals Something Else, "but the rhythm work bubbling just underneath is just as attention-grabbing and Fowlkes plays locked closely attuned to his two-man, three instrument rhythm section."

Total Nonsense

This is not music. It's not pleasent to the ear or really jazz. It totally stinks. I would not buy this under any circumstances.

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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