Any music fan with knowledge of San Francisco’s turn-of-the-nineties “acid jazz” scene knows that Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola share a lengthy and profound musical history. From the much-loved T.J. Kirk project to several of Hunter’s own records and other one-off collaborations, the pair has met frequently in their orbits through the music industry. In October 2012, they released a duo album (Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead) and they’ve been touring behind it since. Billsborough Music Hall in Hillsborough, NC (just outside Chapel Hill) hosted Hunter and Amedola on a bustling Friday night and found the pair in a loose, jovial mood.
2010 has some great albums on the way, and some are already here. Charlie Hunter released his most recent effort on January 12th, the Disco Biscuits supposedly have their first studio effort in eight years coming in March and Drive-By Truckers also release a new disc that month. Check this piece to see what these bands and others were up to on the road last week.
[Thanks to sonicsound for this week’s photo]
HT contributor Wade Wilby headed out to the House Of Blues last week, and as I always do, I followed his thoughts on Twitter. Since he’s not the easiest person to impress, I took note of the comment that, “At moe. HOB. The Brew is ferocious. See this band asap”. The track I have selected is from the band’s 2008 release Back to the Woods. The band also opened their set with the theme music from Back To The Future, which is just awesome. The Brew play tonight with Particle at The Jewish Mother in Virginia Beach.[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/brewsauce.mp3]
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Charlie Hunter has certainly proved he's his own man during the course of a career that's found him working as parts of solos, duos, quartets, quintets and larger ensembles both as frontman/bandleader and collaborative participant. He is comfortable with himself to the extent his self-description as a 'boutique' artist sounds both pragmatic and proud.
Charlie Hunter has used horns on a number of past projects, but he's never used them quite like he does on his latest studio effort. Gentlemen I Regret to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid is an example of the seven-string samurai's ingenuity as a musician and recording artist.
The stage is set for one of the summer’s best concerts this coming Saturday. Soulive, and their record label Royal Family, has assembled an incredible lineup of talent to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the band’s inception.
The Royal Family Get Down is taking place at the Pines Theatre in Look Park in Northampton Massachusetts this Saturday September 12th.
The schedule is as follows:
1:00 Gates Open
2:00 Nigel Hall
3:00 Charlie Hunter
4:15 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
6:00 Sharon Jones & the DAP Kings
7:45 Soulive with special guest John Scofield
While VIP tickets are sold out, $40 reserved and $32.50 G/A ducats are still available as of press time. Reserved seating rows shouldn’t take up too much space at The Pines, only 13 rows to be exact. READ ON for more…
Charlie Hunter’s certainly been no stranger to the Green Mountains over the last few years, but he may never have enjoyed himself more than on his latest sojourn to Vermont.
The release of By a Thread marks John Ellis’ turning point from Charlie Hunter Trio sideman to full-time bandleader. Clinging to his New Orleans roots while embracing a variety of new sounds, Ellis is spinning the wheel of creativity with the sax.
Photos by Brian Diescher of “What is Jazz?” at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA on April 8th, featuring Bobby Previtte, DJ Logic, Charlie Hunter Trio and the Christian McBride Band.