146

Charlie Hunter & Bobby Previte as Groundtruther: Longitude

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Charlie Hunter & Bobby Previte as Groundtruther: Longitude If recordings were comic books, then the latest offering from Bobby Previte and Charlie Hunter's project, Groundtruther, would be packed full of the captions "Blammo, "Whap, "and "Boom!

The duo teamed up on the 2003 Red Dog, This Is Tango Leader and soon went on the create the Groundtruther project which invites a third artist to collaborate. Last year it was saxophonist Greg Osby on Latitude, and a third disc, Altitude, will be forthcoming.

Where the Osby collaboration sometimes missed the mark, this disc with DJ Logic finds pay dirt. Logic, comfortable in both hip-hop and jazz worlds, has worked with Medeski, Martin & Wood, Karl Denson, Sex Mob, and the Yohimbe Brothers. His turntable work fits well with drummer Bobby Previte's love for the monsters of rock, which he has explored in Ponga and Latin For Travelers. Likewise, guitarist Charlie Hunter dips his eight-string into the rock and funk world with T.J. Kirk, Pound For Pound, and Garage A Trois.

The disc opens with the infectious beats of "Transit Of Venus, Hunter's bass line thumping under the bits and pieces Logic snips from his turntables. Where sampling can be so predictable, the live action of beats, bass, and spun samples has a life force. Dammit, they are making music here!

The trio bring the weighted sound on "Course Made Good, Previte kicking the kick drum and Hunter setting his Zeppelin sound, then what the... the music is driven underwater or played through a set of blown speakers... ouch! The trio revisits the weight in a live setting on "Dead Reckoning. In a gesture mocking every rock guitarist who has stalled mid-solo, Hunter grasps for notes. Previte thumps a couple off for fun, and they proceed to throw down a tsunami of sound. Powerful stuff here.

The remaining disc is quite infectious. These three musicians make the case for jazz, rock, and hip-hop to be played together and to be played live.


Track Listing: Transit Of Venus; Tycho Brahe; March 1741, Cape Horn; Course Made Good; Dead Reckoning; Medicean Stars; Jupiter Mask; H-4; Back Quadrant; Epherimedes; Prime Meridian; South Heading.

Personnel: DJ Logic: turntables; Bobby Previte: drums, electronics; Charlie Hunter: 8-string guitar.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings | Style: Fringes of Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Calm" CD/LP/Track Review Calm
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 25, 2016
Read "Colors for the Masters" CD/LP/Track Review Colors for the Masters
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: August 6, 2016
Read "Wheel of Time" CD/LP/Track Review Wheel of Time
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 6, 2016
Read "End Of Seas" CD/LP/Track Review End Of Seas
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 5, 2016
Read "Acoustically Speaking" CD/LP/Track Review Acoustically Speaking
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 6, 2016
Read "Flux" CD/LP/Track Review Flux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!