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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Longtime Charlie Hunter associates John Ellis reeds and keys and drummer Derrek Phillips were soon to leave the fold after the recording of this session, but there is no sign of undue tension in this typically impressive set. The proceedings kick off with the hard rocking "Cueball Bobbin'...," where Ellis switches from keys to sax and back as Hunter rips into some of his hardest rocking riffs, weaving around the other instruments like a prizefighter taunting his opponent. If nothing else quite matches the driving intensity of that track, the rest is immensely enjoyable jazz-rock fusion that plays far more to the jazz side of that equation. The disc was recorded in New ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Longtime Charlie Hunter associates John Ellis reeds and keys and drummer Derrek Phillips were soon to leave the fold after the recording of this session, but there is no sign of undue tension in this typically impressive set. The proceedings kick off with the hard rocking "Cueball Bobbin'...," where Ellis switches from keys to sax and back as Hunter rips into some of his hardest rocking riffs, weaving around the other instruments like a prizefighter taunting his opponent. If nothing else quite matches the driving intensity of that track, the rest is immensely enjoyable jazz-rock fusion that plays far more to the jazz side of that equation. The disc was recorded in New Orleans, which might account for the spooky second-line rhythm of "Swamba Redux," a taut concoction that features Ellis' melodica on the opening lines, followed by his impassioned tenor blowing. These three play together with a loose precision that's both slippery and rugged, finding a groove and riding it on material that slides through surprises and changes but never seems showy for the sake of it. The trio pushes into minor-key avant-garde territory on the opening of the title track, before settling into a dark bluesy shuffle somewhat like Miles Davis' work with John McLaughlin. When Ellis blows dirty sax against Hunter's growling tremolo guitar lines, the tune takes off to the stratosphere. It's one of the moments that, even at close to six minutes, fades out too soon. Co-producers Hunter and Chris Finney often isolate the guitar in one speaker and the sax in the other, which provides a live feel and a vivid tension between the two instruments. The portentously titled "A Street Fight Could Break Out" is a surprisingly jaunty side trip; its walking, finger-popping bassline provides some of the album's lighter moments. The closing take on Thelonious Monk's "Think of One," the album's sole cover, is transformed by more second-line drumming and an Ellis tenor solo that sizzles. Most impressive, though, is how the three members play off and respond to each other, with nobody, even Hunter, stealing the spotlight on a disc that keeps revealing new twists. If this is to be the final bow of this configuration, at least the bandmembers leave on top.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2006
  • Label: P-Vine Japan
  • EAN: 4995879222409
  • Catalog Number: 22240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cueball Bobbin'... (7:06)
  2. 2 Frontman (5:39)
  3. 3 Swamba Redux (6:24)
  4. 4 Copperopolis (5:52)
  5. 5 Blue Sock (8:09)
  6. 6 The Pursuit Package (2:14)
  7. 7 A Street Fight Could Break Out (6:49)
  8. 8 Drop the Rock (6:26)
  9. 9 Think of One (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Hunter Trio Primary Artist
Charlie Hunter Indexed Contributor, Guitar, 8-string Guitar
Derrek Phillips Drums
John Ellis Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Melodica, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
John Ellis Composer
Charlie Hunter Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Thelonious Monk Composer
Greg Caibi Mastering
Chris Finney Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Derrek Phillips Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Bad Live.

    Chicago Jazz Fest. on 9/1/06, it was a good show. Not to bad live, but I enjoy his CD's more on my car or home radio. Over all good music, you can't go wrong with any CD. Give a look at his DVD's too.

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