As he has demonstrated over the course of his 24 years as a jazz/blues/r&b recording artist, Charlie Hunter is not only a singular guitarist (he uniquely plays a custom-made seven-string ax that allows him to deliver bass grooves simultaneously with rhythm chords and solo notes), but he’s also a creative whose style and expression continue to advance with each project he immerses himself into.
After his first album, 1993’s Charlie Hunter Trio, released on pop artist Les Claypool’s Prawn Song label, Hunter was signed to Blue Note Records and released a total of eight albums in ten years.
Hunter’s newest album—and 18th as a leader—is whimsically titled Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth. The superlative is steeped in the blues and r&b. At turns Hunter’s new music takes on a noir feel, lopes in a fluid slow flow, charges upbeat with a groove and horn interchange, twirls into a playful party mode, moves into a gentle lyricism—all soaked in a blues sensibility and tone. Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth marks a return to a bigger potential audience, thanks to the rise of the Brooklyn-based Snarky Puppy in the jazz world.
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