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Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth

Charlie Hunter’s album and song titles-including this record’s name, taken from something Mike Tyson uttered-aren’t the only off-kilter aspects of his music. And I mean that in the best sense of the term, as in unpredictable and often delightfully so. The San Francisco-bred guitarist-bassist has seen his career travel some unexpected pathways since the mid-1990s, … Read More “Charlie Hunter: Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth”

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Charlie Hunter Trio: Let the Bells Ring On

Let the Bells Ring On, the vigorous first album from seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter’s trio with drummer Bobby Previte and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, is, on paper, a pretty transparent work. “Anthem USA” takes from rock music; “Hillbilly Heroine Chic” has a country influence. But this clarity extends to more than just song titles. The music … Read More “Charlie Hunter Trio: Let the Bells Ring On”

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

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 … Read More “Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola: Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead”

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Charlie Hunter: Public Domain

Since emerging in the ’90s with a string of successful recordings on Blue Note, guitarist Charlie Hunter has placed his signature eight-string voice into a wide variety of settings-duos, trios, quartets, quintet and sextet. This one harkens back to an obscure self-released project from 2000, Solo Eight String Guitar. The brilliant conceit on this new … Read More “Charlie Hunter: Public Domain”

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