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Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola: Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead

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In these undesirable economic times, it’s good that Charlie Hunter can get things done without a lot of fuss. He performed the music for his latest CD live in the studio sans aural enhancements, EQ or overdubs, recording straight to tape in an “almost mono” fashion, as he has described it, and mixing the music on the fly. He’s accompanied only by Scott Amendola on drums, rather than the quintet employed on Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid, his last group album. Both titles, of course, point to the difficulties creative musicians face in terms of keeping their enterprise going.

While it’s difficult not to miss the broader canvas heard on Hunter’s earlier releases-although Hunter did release a duo album with Leon Parker in 1999-his two-man trio of sorts puts out plenty of sound. Hunter plays guitar as well as bass simultaneously on his signature seven-string instrument, and Amendola makes a natural, resourceful, highly interactive partner. This duo is still an effective vehicle for the leader’s improvisations and tunes, more than half of which bear titles hinting at the Recession-ravaged economy.

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