Steady Groovin'

Steady Groovin'

by Charlie Hunter
     
 
Charlie Hunter turned in his last album for Blue Note, Songs From the Analog Playground in 2001 before moving over to Ropeadope. Several years down the line, the time seemed right for Blue Note to reinvigorate sales with Steady Groovin', a collection taken from Hunter's seven albums recorded for the label. With no real "hits" to speak of, the task simply

Overview

Charlie Hunter turned in his last album for Blue Note, Songs From the Analog Playground in 2001 before moving over to Ropeadope. Several years down the line, the time seemed right for Blue Note to reinvigorate sales with Steady Groovin', a collection taken from Hunter's seven albums recorded for the label. With no real "hits" to speak of, the task simply became one of highlighting Hunter's phenomenal playing in the variety of settings he's recorded in, from a duo setting to a seven-piece band. While the choices may be arbitrary, compilation producer Eliott Wolf has done a fine job of selecting tunes that fit the title bill. He also wisely stayed away from the collaborative elements of Songs From the Analog Playground, where a number of vocalists joined the band, thereby keeping the focus squarely on Hunter. The non-chronological sequencing was a good choice, too: Steady Groovin' plays like an album, not just a collection of tunes, despite the changing lineups on nearly every track. Charlie Hunter is the undisputed king of the eight-string guitar, maintaining funky basslines while simultaneously playing leads or comping, and his technique is mind-boggling. But Hunter is about much more than technique: he's an agile improviser with an ear for great tone, and always has excellent players alongside him in order to make great music, not to show off. Steady Groovin' makes for an excellent introduction to the music of Charlie Hunter, but will probably just whet the appetite for more.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724358414622
catalogNumber:
84146

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Hunter   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,8-string Guitar
Peter Apfelbaum   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Jay Lane   Drums
Leon Parker   Percussion,Drums
John Santos   Percussion
Scott Amendola   Drums
Josh Roseman   Trombone
Kenny Brooks   Tenor Saxophone
Calder Spanier   Alto Saxophone
Stefon Harris   Vibes
Stephen Chopek   Cymbals,Drums,cowbell
Robert Perkins   Tambourine
Chris Lovejoy   Percussion
David Phillips   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Ellis   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Joe Ferla   Producer,Audio Production
Charlie Hunter   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lee Townsend   Producer
Calder Spanier   Composer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Clay Patrick McBridge   Cover Photo

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