173

Charlie Hunter & Bobby Previte as Groundtruther: Latitude

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Take three popular and progressive mainstream jazz artists with distinct reputations and styles. Throw in a recording label known for diverse music. Add a heavy dose of experimentation, and stir.

Latitude is the first of three recordings featuring guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Bobby Previte in their side venture group, Groundtruther. Each recording will feature a different guest artist forming a trio with the intent of creating spontaneous musical themes utilizing synthesized sounds and abstract ideas. The first guest is none other than alto sax stylist Greg Osby.

The concept is not entirely a surprise, as Hunter and Previte recorded '03's Come In Red Dog, This Is Tango Leader , which featured the duo in a similar setting. Osby has also worked with both musicians over the past few years and experimented with hip-hop elements on very early recordings. Fans may be in for quite a surprise to find the musicians in these unusual waters.

Experimentation is a key element and the music is delivered as what could be deemed as sound collages, rather than standard melodic compositions. The instrumental thrust of the recording is the heavy use of electronics and drums, combined with Hunter's unusual bass/guitar effects. Osby fills in the pieces with subtle horn work as he weaves in and out of the patterns delivering sparse solos. From the ominous intro of "North Pole," the recording is primed to deliver something unusual as Hunter's guitar echoes lightly behind Previte's barrage of electronics, with Osby's alto quietly joining then segueing into the hip-hop beat of "Artic Circle."

Each musician is open to spontaneity, yet at times the delivery of the techno language is cold and somewhat machine-like on pieces such as "Horse Latitudes North and South." But things do get interesting on the quasi-urban "40th Parallel," with its bayou-like voice effects and hyped drum work. The cool vibe on "Tropic of Cancer" finds Hunter delivering a funky bass line and sonic guitar work as Previte provides jungle-like effects.

Osby's role is somewhat minimal, but he comes to the forefront on the atmospheric "Anarctic Circle" with his trademark alto voice as Hunter and Previte add the background mood. The recording both hits and misses the mark, with technical magic at times overshadowing the human element. It will be interesting to see where the next sessions ( Longitude and Altitude ) lead and how the different guest artists will affect the dynamics of the music.


Track Listing: North Pole; 40th Parallel; Arctic Circle; Horse Latitude North; Tropic of Cancer; Equator; Tropic of Capricorn; Horse Latitude South; Tropic of Calms; Antarctic Circle; South Pole.

Personnel: Charlie Hunter: 8-string guitar; Bobby Previte: drums and electronics; Greg Osby: alto saxophone.

Title: Latitude | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Aqustico vol 2 CD/LP/Track Review Aqustico vol 2
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Beginnings CD/LP/Track Review Beginnings
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Synchronic CD/LP/Track Review Synchronic
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 25, 2017
Read Slægt CD/LP/Track Review Slægt
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 24, 2017
Read An Eye on the Future CD/LP/Track Review An Eye on the Future
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 24, 2017
Read "Salão Brazil" CD/LP/Track Review Salão Brazil
by John Sharpe
Published: March 30, 2017
Read "Chasing the Unicorn" CD/LP/Track Review Chasing the Unicorn
by Paul Rauch
Published: September 6, 2017
Read "Translator's Note" CD/LP/Track Review Translator's Note
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 3, 2017
Read "Atticus Live!" CD/LP/Track Review Atticus Live!
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Fountain Of Youth" CD/LP/Track Review Fountain Of Youth
by David A. Orthmann
Published: July 15, 2017
Read "The Big Shake-Up" CD/LP/Track Review The Big Shake-Up
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 21, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.