Hunter himself takes a backseat on the eight tracks (out of 13) that feature singers, but his unique styling is felt throughout. Creative covers of Roxy Music's "More Than This" and Nick Drake's "Day is Done" -- both sung by Jones, whose sensitive voice is a revelation -- as well as deClouet's take on Howlin' Wolf's "Spoonful" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Mighty Mighty," are each worth the price of admission on their own. They share time with Hunter's rhythm-heavy original instrumentals that mix free-form lines with edgy funk flavors.
Comfortable in his position as ringmaster, Hunter hovers over the proceedings, occasionally darting into the mix but never hogging the spotlight. Like the professional he is, the bandleader understands that, regardless of whose name graces the album's sleeve, knowing when not to play is as much a talent as his jaw-dropping guitar display.
Charlie Hunter plays EarthLink Live Mon., Nov. 12.
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