Joe Hunt GroupSmalls Jazz ClubNew York, NYMay 12, 2012It's tough keeping up with these young bloods," Joe Hunt said to the audience with a smile. He was referring to three student musicians from the New England Conservatory (where Hunt directs an ensemble), all of whom are a half century younger than the veteran drummer and educator. The hour-long set by Hunt's group was an engrossing blend of jazz repertoire and practices from the mid-to-late twentieth century; resolute, individualistic performances by young men who didn't hide in the shadows of the music's storied past; and the ...read more
It's been a long time since drummer Joe Hunt called New York home, but you wouldn't know that to talk with him. I want to spend more time in New York," intoned the veteran drummer over the phone during a recent interview between reminiscences of Ornette, The Five Spot, Bill Evans and the whirlwind pace of his early days in the city. The Indiana native was ubiquitous--if somewhat overshadowed--on the New York scene in the heady days of hard bop and experimentation. Drop the needle on a George Russell LP from the early '60s or any number of post-bossa Stan ...read more
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