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Radio & Podcasts

Costanza Alegiani, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Nicole Johänntgen & Other New Releases

Read "Costanza Alegiani, Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride, Nicole Johänntgen & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the two weeks since our last new releases special, so much great music came to our attention that today we have one of those shows that some define as “all killer, no filler..." except that I don't like to think of music as “killing," but you catch my drift. A special focus on Charlie Hunter's numerous recent projects as leader or sideman, and on great bass players like Petter Eldh, Christian McBride, Michael Formanek and Clovis Nicolas. ...

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Live Review

Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward at Dazzle

Read "Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Charlie Hunter/Lucy Woodward Dazzle Denver, CO August 2, 2019 Is it possible to trace Charlie Hunter's musical evolution by the number of strings on his guitar? Back when he hit the scene in the early '90s, he played a massive 8 string guitar. (Although he was on seven string guitar for his first album, he stuck with the 8 string starting with his second album in 1995 for roughly the next decade.) The three low ...

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Album Review

Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward: Music! Music! Music!

Read "Music! Music! Music!" reviewed by Doug Collette


Music! Music! Music! will cement the revelatory impression guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward leave upon attendees of their concerts. Having repaired to the studio in November 2018, the duo maximized the spontaneity of those proceedings through the enlistment of drummer Derrek Phillips. adding a spark that further ignited the keen chemistry the pair had honed on stage. In recent years, Charlie Hunter has revealed a predilection for the blues that may very well have led to ...

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Live Review

Charlie Hunter with Lucy Woodward at the Jazz Kitchen

Read "Charlie Hunter with Lucy Woodward at the Jazz Kitchen" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Charlie Hunter / Lucy Woodward Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, Indiana April 24, 2019 Eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter's latest partnership is with vocalist Lucy Woodward, a firecracker with a strong sonic resemblance to Joan Osborne and an outgoing stage presence. For their performance at the Jazz Kitchen, the duo was joined by an excellent local drummer whose name I was never quite able to make out (I was seated at the back, and the sound system favored ...

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Album Review

Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

Read "Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth" reviewed by Doug Collette


Adorned with the kind of facetiously sardonic title he's applied to a few recent records, Charlie Hunter's latest album nevertheless documents further changes in his ever-restless musical persona. Not only is this, his seventeenth-plus album as a leader, on a new label, but he enlists a new accompanist and, perhaps most significant of all, returns to playing the eight-string guitar. Recorded live in a studio in Hudson, New York, on Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched ...

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Album Review

Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Bobby Previte and Curtis Fowlkes: Let The Bells Ring On

Read "Let The Bells Ring On" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


7-string guitar master, Charlie Hunter shares the spotlight with longtime colleagues, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte, who are recognized for their pivotal work within New York City's progressive jazz circuit and beyond. Let The Bells Ring On is an atypical jazz groove effort of substantial proportions, not simply due to the slightly unorthodox trio setting, but more about Hunter's catchy and memorably melodic compositions that equate to a rather timeless union of funk, blues, jazz and R&B. Its ...

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Album Review

Charlie Hunter: Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead

Read "Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead" reviewed by Doug Collette


Charlie Hunter is such an original thinker, composer and musician, that his albums are always interesting. But on this wryly and topically titled project with longtime collaborator and kindred spirit drummer Scott Amendola, the seven-string guitarist outdoes himself.With a rustling flourish from Amendola's kit, the duo slips right into a groove on the languorous, blues-derived “Assessing the Assessors, An Assessor's Assessment." The history of the duo dates back to the 1995 formation of unsung jazz-fusion quartet TJ Kirk ...


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