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Memo to Bruce Lundvall, head honcho at Blue Note Records: whether by design or perhaps mistake, you have stumbled upon or rediscovered the ways of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The simple duo recording by guitarist Charlie Hunter and percussionist Leon Parker is a throwback to the old days of BN records. Whoever decided on recording a pair of musicians without overdubs (except one track), is a genius. Charlie Hunter the 8-string phenom, plays an underlying bass line that at times sounds like a B-3 organ and Parker is a drummer known for playing a three piece drum set (snare, bass and cymbal). Together their simple approach is magic. When I say simple, I’m mean like an effortless Vizquel to Alomar to Thome double-play. This is music made in one day, period. Like the old days with Ike Quebec or Hank Mobley. The duo mixes straight-ahead with funk, groove, R&B. Good fun, open a beer, this is America's classical music, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff style!
Track List:Mean Street; Belief; Do That Now; You Don’t Know What Love Is; Recess; Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder); The Last Time; Dark Corner; The Spin Seekers; Calypso For Grandpa.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.