Since debuting on Blue Note with 1995’s Bing Bing Bing!, the gifted guitarist has placed his eight-string ax and split-brain facility in a variety of conceptual contexts, each underscored by deep, irresistible grooves. On his sixth recording for the label, Hunter mixes it up with a number of different special guests, creating an ever-shifting setting for his wholly unique approach to the instrument. Drummer Leon Parker, who joined with Hunter on last year’s Duo, brings his coloristic, polyrhythmic flair to a soulful muse on the iconic soul man “Al Green” and a super-funky rendition of Hunter’s “Dersu,” which was originally recorded on Charlie’s 1996 outing, Ready…Set…Shango!. Drummer Adam Cruz, who toured with Hunter in a duet setting last year, appears here on the highly charged 6/8 opener “Rendezvous Avec la Verite” and a Latin-flavored rendition of Thelonious Monk’s “Epistrophy.”
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