10 Songs, 53 Minutes

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.

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings
branas ,

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.

J.Bax-PDX ,

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.

America Fan ,

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.

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