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Classic Album Review: Charlie Hunter | Right Now Move

The eight-string guitar virtuoso returns to his predictable comfort zone.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Sometimes, too much skill can almost be a curse.

Just look at eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter. As a technician, he’s so far ahead of the pack he’s not even in the race — after all, how many players do you know who can vamp chords, pick solos and pop basslines at the same time? But sadly, over the years his discs have started to become increasingly similar, with Hunter leading a small, ever-changing combo through a set of funky downtown instrumentals. I hoped he had broken the pattern with 2001’s Songs From The Analog Playground, his first disc to feature vocals. But damned if Right Now Move doesn’t find him right back in the same old grooves. The bouncy backbeats, the brash brass, the burbling fleet-fingered fretwork; they’re all swell — but with the exception of a chromatic harmonica that gives these tracks a Stevie Wonderful feel, it’s all been done before. If you’ve never heard Hunter, this is as good a first album as any. But anyone familiar with his work is less likely to be moved.


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