March 16, 2011 |
Leading a band is difficult enough, what with managing disparate personalities, delicate egos and the unavoidable vicissitudes of life on the road. But when an ensemble brings together improvisers who are all noted bandleaders in their own right, the opportunities for short-circuiting the delicate wiring of bandstand dynamics multiply exponentially. For clarinetist Ben Goldberg, a key creative catalyst on the Northern California scene for three decades, melding four independent-minded musicians into a cohesive band isn't so much about managing sensibilities as distilling musical essentials.
November 30, 2009
The Charlie Hunter Trio Where: Saint Rocke, 142 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach When: 9 p.m. Thursday Price: $15 Contact: (310) 372-0035 And Where: The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Price: $20 to $25 Contact: (323) 954-9400
November 30, 2009 |
Recessionary times call for desperate measures, but Charlie Hunter's bandmates can rest assured that the title of his upcoming album reflects his mordant sense of humor more than drastic cost cutting. The seven-string guitar wizard's upcoming release, "Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid" (Spire Artist Media), features the kind of stinging, telegraphic fret work that's defined his sound since he emerged on the Bay Area acid jazz scene in the mid-1990s.
February 2, 2003 |
As experiments go, even Charlie Hunter is not so sure about this one. Tonight for the third night of a six-night stand at Yoshi's, the old-guard Oakland jazz club in its still-newish Jack London Square digs, there's been unprecedented talk about removing the cabaret tables and chairs that usually ring the lip of the stage. That would be to accommodate guitarist Hunter's cargo shorts- and Birkenstocks-wearing jam-band following.
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August 4, 2000 |
Call Charlie Hunter a jazz guitarist, and it will only be a half-truth. Yes, he's been signed to the Blue Note label for five years now, and he winds up in jazz magazines and polls. But he'll be the first to admit that jazz is just one ingredient in the soulful stew that is the Hunter sound. His current tour, which brings Hunter to the Ventura Theatre on Tuesday, comes on the heels of his sixth and newest Blue Note release, called simply "Charlie Hunter."
April 4, 1999 |
With the neoclassic fascination--in some cases obsession--with jazz of the '40s and '50s beginning to wane, emerging young artists of the late '90s are finally beginning to seek their own pathways. And, lacking the presence of a major influential voice such as a John Coltrane or a Miles Davis, they are moving forward in an intrepid array of musical quests. At 31, with several albums already under his belt, Charlie Hunter is not exactly a new arrival.