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"I knew that I wanted to do this with my life from when I was 16", says Hunter about his musical career. His early recognition of this may have been influenced by the fact that he grew up in homes where his mother repaired guitars for a living in Berkeley, California where he has lived since he was eight years old. Charlie picked up his first guitar when he was twelve years old for $7, and a few years later was taking lessons from Joe Satriani, who at that time was just another guitar teacher. "People can't believe that but I was just another Berkeley kid and every Berkeley kid took lessons from Joe Satriani


SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Black Crow; Freeman Square; Naughty Number Nine; Little Fairy Carpenter; Bounce It; Only The Lonely Woman; Right About Now; Not Here Not Now; The Afterlife.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Elina Duni, Veronica Swift, Maria Pia de Vito, Gabriela Martina & More

Read "Elina Duni, Veronica Swift, Maria Pia de Vito, Gabriela Martina & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Too often we focus our attention on instrumental jazz... in this hour we remedy that by paying special attention to jazz vocalists who excel at surprising and challenging expectations.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Kurt Elling, Charlie Hunter “Freeman Square" SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New September Releases - Sisters of Jazz, John Stein, Aaron Diehl & The Knights, Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter, Ivan Lins And More

Read "New September Releases - Sisters of Jazz, John Stein, Aaron Diehl & The Knights, Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter, Ivan Lins And More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Sisters of Jazz, John Stein, Aaron Diehl & The Knights, Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter, Ivan Lins and Kirsten Agresta Copely, with birthday shoutouts to Gabrielle Stravelli, Alyssa Allgood, Tom Wopat, Greta Matassa, Claire Martin and Lorraine Feather, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear ...


Article: Album Review

Vilhelm Bromander: In This Forever Unfolding Moment

Read "In This Forever Unfolding Moment" reviewed by Chris May

Ornette Coleman's haunting “Lonely Woman" is becoming something of a 2023 soundtrack. At the time of writing, we have had memorable versions from Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble on Spirit Gatherer (Spirit Muse), and Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter on The Iridescent Spree (Edition), plus another couple of efforts about which the less said the better. ...


Article: Album Review

Manuel Valera Quintet: Vessel

Read "Vessel" reviewed by Chris May

Cuban born and raised, pianist and composer Manuel Valera moved to the US in 1994, attending high school in Florida before moving to New York City in 2000 to study at the New School. His classmates included Robert Glasper, Mike Moreno, Michael Rodriguez, Marcus Strickland and E.J. Strickland. Fast company. Valera's career as ...


Article: Album Review

Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter: SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree

Read "SuperBlue: The Iridescent Spree" reviewed by Chris May

As Shakespeare said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter follow up their Grammy-nominated 2021 album, SuperBlue (Edition), with another sublime blend of jazz and groove. As on the first disc, jazz is represented by Elling, groove by Butcher Brown keyboardist DJ Harrison and drummer Corey Fonville. Hunter, who has had ...


Article: Liner Notes

Jimmy Greene: Gifts and Givers

Read "Jimmy Greene: Gifts and Givers" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The two-tenor battle is not a new idea, with iconic pairings from the jazz pantheon running the gamut from Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray to Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin. In more recent times, Eric Alexander and Grant Stewart have fueled the fire with their own incendiary adventures as heard on the current albums Wailin' ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bacharach to the Future - Part 2

Read "Bacharach to the Future - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As a young adult, Burt Bacharach used fake IDs to get into 52nd Street jazz clubs to have his mind blown by heroes of the bebop revolution like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Those early impressions could not but leave a mark in his sophisticated pop songs, seeds that would later make those very same songs ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Julie Campiche, Jim Black, Federico Nuti, Sebastian Rochford & More New Releases

Read "Julie Campiche, Jim Black, Federico Nuti, Sebastian Rochford & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Kurt Elling and Charlie Hunter are back, and they're SuperBoogieng! So are Jim Black and Kit Downes, featured on a couple of new albums each. The playlist also showcases interesting new European projects, and albums that blend jazz with hip-hop and music for the dance floor.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme" ...


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