Charlie Hunter Trio: Mistico

By: Sarah Moore

Heavy and solid, Charlie Hunter and his 7-string guitar have created yet another groovy album with Mistico (Fantasy). Backed by touring musicians Erik Deutsch (Fat Mama) on piano, Fender Rhodes and Casiotone (which creates a retro-future sound on selections like "Speakers Built In") and Simon Lott on drums, Hunter expresses his funky finger patterns with incredible ease. "Lady!" begins the disc with a fresh, steady groove that alternates between piano and forte dynamics. He's the master of transitions, changing time signatures and building up a moment with genuine skill. Just when one thinks he's run out of ideas, a fresh clatter of chains in a zombie-walk pattern ambles in ("Estranged") or scattered free jazz becomes heavy fusion ("Spoken Word"). He just keeps flowing. From a darkened cave emerges the title track with abstract chimes that become nestled in a 7-minute-long magnum opus of mysterioso and straightforward drums. Listening to this disc, one might as well be at a Trio show. The rough edges hit with the professional polish of each performer and not just studio magic.

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[Published on: 11/20/07]

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Chris starstarstarstar Tue 11/20/2007 11:26AM
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while this is a great review, this album came out months ago... que pasa?

jambase is wonderful, but you guys should definitely work on your timeliness.

snappy Tue 11/20/2007 11:39AM
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We try to get to things as soon as we're able but with a largely volunteer staff sometimes it takes longer to get to certain releases than others. We figure if it's good music worth covering we're glad to run coverage when we can. This album certainly fits that ideal. Thanks for the question, Chris.

Chris Fri 11/23/2007 09:08AM
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see, i guess that's what's been misinterpreted by alot of readers on this site. as i'm sure you know, some people FREAK when they see any little thing they don't think is good enough for them. so whoever else complains about jambase being behind the game, read that again^^^. the fact that they're able to give us all this news with a predominantly volunteer staff is more than satisfactory in my mind.

zzach16 starstarstarstar Sun 11/25/2007 08:22PM
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Listening to music as much as i'm able, there's no way i'd be able to stay on top of my favorite artist's cd releases. Like many other readers out there, i don't buy many cd's. I go see live music. So, I guess my point is that I appriciate these articles, and they are almost always news to me.

I was lucky enough to have met the trio and drive them around at a fest--really cool people and obviously great music ability. I'd hoped to have found some kind of review of this Cd and not a discussion on timeliness. Guess I'll have to make sure not to miss them when they are back in my area to find out.

jr2037 Mon 11/26/2007 10:45AM
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Heard this at a listen station in a cd shop and I have to disagree with the reviewer, I thought it was pretty light, whispy and dull rather than heavy, solid or groovy. Good live, organic sounding recording though. Listen before you buy.

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I thought he sounded like he was having more fun.

the album sounded less sterile than previous ones.

to me. but I am not any CH expert by any means.