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Charlie Hunter/Leon Parker: Duo

Guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Leon Parker have been busy redefining the possibilities of their respective instruments, not by expanding the technical, but by stripping back to essentials and practicing new degrees of self-reliance-Hunter handling both bass and guitar duties on his 8-string instrument, and Parker coaxing a lot of music from a few instruments. So it makes sense, on some level, that they would join forces in duet. Duo deserves respect for effort and its refreshing innovation, but the parts don’t always add up to more than the whole.

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