Virtuoso jazz guitarist Charlie Hunter will be presenting two special solo performances in support of his latest release, Public Domain, at the historic Norman Depot. The concerts will take place at 7:00pm and 9:30pm on Wednesday, January 26. Tickets are $15 and advance purchase is recommended.
Hunter, described as "one of the most interesting all-around guitarists working in jazz during the past two decades" by Mix Magazine, recorded Public Domain using "a couple mics on my instrument, a guitar amp, and a bass amp. It's no-frills. The music I play is very boutique and specialized," he adds, and one listen to his elegant takes on these nuggets backs up that self-evaluation.
His first solo album in 10 years, Public Domain - all of it recorded in one or two takes on Hunter's custom-made seven-string guitar - features such time-tested gems as "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Ain't We Got Fun," "Danny Boy" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band." The tracks were chosen from an initial list of nearly 100, with help from Hunter's grandfather.
"This album," says Hunter, "is really about the songs and how rhythms work together. It's not about anything flashy. When you listen to solo guitarists like Blind Blake and Joseph Spence, they played rhythmically. That's what this album is like."
Originally from the Bay Area and now a New Jersey resident, Hunter seeks out new challenges constantly. An extremely prolific artist with more than 20 albums to his credit since 1993, he prides himself on avoiding repetition. His recordings have run the gamut from wildly experimental to blistering metallic fusion to pure soul and melodically introspective ruminations, and his collaborators have included artists as diverse as Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer and D'Angelo.
"When I got to New York in 1998, I realized there were so many amazing musicians from so many backgrounds," Hunter has said. "You can really get interested in what you are, because there are musicians here who are like-minded. That really opened me up and allowed me to figure out what kind of music I feel like I'm supposed to be playing."
"A terrific guitarist" -Downbeat
"A homespun marvel" -New York Times
"…a man who [has] built his badass reputation by conquering hairy bass lines and heady post-bop melodies simultaneously on custom eight-string instruments… Hunter is still a musical beast." -Guitar Player
"…Hunter - well known for playing a seven-string instrument - rips through the air with superrock fuzz and fusion mettle." -Rolling Stone