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Charlie Hunter: Charlie Hunter

Read "Charlie Hunter" reviewed by Jim Santella

Grabbing at the traditional roots of jazz, Charlie Hunter explores the possibilities. His instrument provides a bass line, chordal harmony and plucky melodies. Hunter’s 7th release contains ample variety; six of the nine tracks are fresh originals. Both horns provide outstanding additions to the band; particularly on the charging “Nothin’ But Trouble."

Highly recommended, Charlie Hunter’s ...

Charlie Hunter: Charlie Hunter

Read "Charlie Hunter" reviewed by Jim Santella

Grabbing at the traditional roots of jazz, Charlie Hunter explores the possibilities. His instrument provides a bass line, chordal harmony and plucky melodies. Hunter’s 7th release contains ample variety; six of the nine tracks are fresh originals. Both horns provide outstanding additions to the band; particularly on the charging “Nothin’ But Trouble."

Highly recommended, Charlie Hunter’s ...

Charlie Hunter: Charlie Hunter

Read "Charlie Hunter" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Confessions of a self-proclaimed jazz snob. I admit it. After listening to jazz for these many years, I’ve absorbed New Orleans/swing/ bop/ post-bop/hard bop, and free-jazz. I, like many of you, have little patience for the thin veil of pop music. Give me Anthony Braxton’s equations or give me death.

After listening to Charlie Hunter’s latest ...

Charlie Byrd: For Louis

Read "For Louis" reviewed by Jim Santella

Recorded only months before he passed away last year, Charlie Byrd’s final recording project was a tribute to Louis Armstrong. Joe Wilder sits in to represent the lyrical side of Armstrong’s sound, holding on to the natural phrasing that has influenced nearly every jazz trumpeter since. Byrd’s nylon string classical acoustic guitar and Wilder’s mellow tone ...

Charlie Hunter/Leon Parker: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...

Charlie Hunter & Leon Parker: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Jim Santella

Guitarist Charlie Hunter and percussionist Leon Parker have more going for them than two hands apiece. Hunter can produce several lines simultaneously and evoke organ, bass and guitar, while Parker runs the gamut of textures from his set. Hunter’s composition “The Last Time," for example, finds Parker with one hand on the drums and another with ...

Charlie Hunter/Leon Parker: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Ed Kopp

I could probably spend hours just listening to Leon Parker strum his fingers on a table top. There's a hypnotic quality to this man's rhythm-making, and his performance on Duo is by turns engaging and astounding.

That I'm equally taken by Charlie Hunter's performance is more of a surprise. Sure, I liked some of Hunter's ...