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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.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.