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Groundtruther: Latitude

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Eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Bobby Previte decided to record three albums as a duo while using a different guest on each work. On Latitude, they’ve chosen alto saxophonist Greg Osby. (Longitude and Altitude will complete the trilogy.) If this opening salvo is typical, lovers of experimental music that blurs genres will reap huge dividends from Groundtruther’s concept.

Hunter has always been as interested in challenging rhythms as he is in unconventional guitar tones. But on Latitude, he focuses mostly on forging exceedingly strange textures. To say he steals the show is not to downplay Previte and Osby’s contributions; it’s simply to note that Hunter has surpassed his previous work for sheer ingenuity, finding extreme tonalities and timbres within his instrument that often recall Jon Hassell’s Fourth World music, a style that few musicians have ever explored with such acute sensitivity.

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