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December 13, 2012
Was there a record released this year more colored by the economic uncertainty of 2012 than Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola's "Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead"? In the self-released duet that's a testament to a partnership that began in the fertile San Francisco jazz scene, Hunter sounds as mind-scrambling as ever on a seven-string guitar (enabling him to spin both bass and melody lines simultaneously), and Amendola is with him every step of the way in wryly titled songs such as "Those Desks Aren't Going to Clean Themselves" that carry the sting of the modern day blues.
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December 5, 2013
A musical partnership that reaches back 20 years, the meeting of drummer Scott Amendola with seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter has yielded a wealth of memorable recordings, including Hunter's album-length cover of Bob Marley's "Natty Dread" and 2012's sparkling duet, "Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead. " Here the two reconvene in support of the groove-heavy "Pucker," a new duet album featuring Amendola as lead songwriter. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Suite 301, Los Angeles.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013
A musical partnership that reaches back 20 years, the meeting of drummer Scott Amendola with seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter has yielded a wealth of memorable recordings, including Hunter's album-length cover of Bob Marley's "Natty Dread" and 2012's sparkling duet, "Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead. " Here the two reconvene in support of the groove-heavy "Pucker," a new duet album featuring Amendola as lead songwriter. The Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Suite 301, Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012
Was there a record released this year more colored by the economic uncertainty of 2012 than Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola's "Not Getting Behind Is the New Getting Ahead"? In the self-released duet that's a testament to a partnership that began in the fertile San Francisco jazz scene, Hunter sounds as mind-scrambling as ever on a seven-string guitar (enabling him to spin both bass and melody lines simultaneously), and Amendola is with him every step of the way in wryly titled songs such as "Those Desks Aren't Going to Clean Themselves" that carry the sting of the modern day blues.
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May 13, 1996 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How does he do it? That's the big question regarding upstart guitarist Charlie Hunter. Though Hunter is fast gaining notoriety for playing jazz that's attractive to the under-30 crowd, it's his unusual, split-personality technique that really sets him apart. Hunter plays both bass and guitar lines from a single, eight-string instrument. His quartet's appearance Friday at the Galaxy Concert Theatre only served to deepen the mystery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
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February 2, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
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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May 5, 1996 | Bill Kohlhaase, Bill Kohlhaase writes about jazz for Calendar
The crowd at Santa Monica's Alligator Lounge on a recent Friday night looked nothing like the usual jazz audience. Long hair, flannel shirts, shaved heads and Kurt Cobain-style facial hair dominated a sold-out assemblage of fans and the curious that had gathered in the lowbrow space known for presenting the hip and experimental to hear Bay Area guitarist Charlie Hunter.
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March 16, 2011 | By Andrew Gilbert, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1996 | Bill Kohlhaase
CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET "Ready . . . Set . . . Shango!" Blue Note * * * You may remember the jerk, the Watusi or even the crazy chicken. But do you recall the dance craze known as the shango? No? It's the invention of guitarist Charlie Hunter, and it is this mythical dance craze of his own making that gives shape to his combo's latest recording.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2011 | By Andrew Gilbert, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2009 | By Andrew Gilbert
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2003 | Lynell George, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is The Times' jazz writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may not exactly be the full picture, but at least one compelling element in the future of jazz is on display this week at Catalina Bar & Grill. The duo of guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Adam Cruz is exuberantly charging into the next century with the kind of enthusiasm and imagination that can attract crowds of new listeners to jazz. And that's precisely what they did on Tuesday night, in the opening set of a six-night run.
ENTERTAINMENT
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
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It may not exactly be the full picture, but at least one compelling element in the future of jazz is on display this week at Catalina Bar & Grill. The duo of guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Adam Cruz is exuberantly charging into the next century with the kind of enthusiasm and imagination that can attract crowds of new listeners to jazz. And that's precisely what they did on Tuesday night, in the opening set of a six-night run.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1996 | Bill Kohlhaase
CHARLIE HUNTER QUARTET "Ready . . . Set . . . Shango!" Blue Note * * * You may remember the jerk, the Watusi or even the crazy chicken. But do you recall the dance craze known as the shango? No? It's the invention of guitarist Charlie Hunter, and it is this mythical dance craze of his own making that gives shape to his combo's latest recording.
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