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Classic Album Review: Charlie Hunter / Leon Parker | Duo

The guitar hero & the killer drummer sound more like a trio — or even a quartet.


This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


At first blush, you’ll swear this should be called Trio. But no.

Believe it or not, all that fretboard action — thick jazz chords, lickety-split solos, walking bass lines — is coming from guitar whiz Charlie Hunter, whose eight-string axe and mind-boggling virtuosity enable him to swing like an entire ensemble. And Charlie’s magic powers have seldom been better showcased than on this 10-track outing, backed only by ultra-capable drummer Leon Parker. But this is no show-offy guitarist ego trip. Hunter’s delicate, fluid approach never overpowers the groove and always goes for quality over quantity — even when his guitar sounds like a funky jam between an organ and a bass. Trio? Better make that Quartet.