The songs on his new disc illustrate a global theme. The opening track recalls his Brazilian experience with "Mestre Tata". "Oakland", with its slow funk, tributes Hunter's old stomping grounds. "Changui" is named for a style of music from Cuba. "Mali" takes its name from the West African country; and "Le Bateau Ivre", named after an Arthur Rimbaud poem, ends the album with a European tinge.
Six years ago Hunter made the move east. The dotcom boom in the Bay Area upped the cost of living, and things became tough for musicians. "It seemed like a natural move to come to New York. There's an amazing pool of musicians and music here," he said. Hunter easily made his way into the scene and collaborations came quickly.
Now with a new record deal, and in the midst of a tour that will take him around the country through July, Hunter has begun to establish his next musical manifestation. The flurry of creativity going on around him keeps him inspired.
"There are so many people making great music," he remarked. "They're all very different. They have different approaches, and there's room for everyone to do what they're doing. But they don't necessarily get the backing of a record company to push their music, so it's not often heard. But there are always people driven to create."
1999 AAJ Interview