Blue Monday

Charlie Hunter leads his group through “If 6 Was 9,” the Jimi Hendrix song. That striking guitar is a custom-built eight string job in which three strings allow Hunter to play bass and rhythm lines while keeping everything else going.

Here he is playing “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”

To say that Charlie Hunter has wide-ranging tastes would be to commit felonious understatement. He studied guitar with six-string godhead Joe Satriani, then hooked up with poet Michael Franti on the industrial hip-hop group Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. After he and Franti went their separate ways, Hunter jumped into the jazz fusion group Garage A Trois, another fusion group called Coalition of the Willing, and T.J. Kirk, which merged the music of Thelonious Monk, Rashaan Roland Kirk and James Brown. And, of course, scads of solo recordings.

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