The whiz kid who became the king of the Bay Area’s acid jazz scene in the ’90s before relocating to the East Coast is coming back for his seasonal tour, and Guitar Player is happy to help Another Planet Entertainment welcome Charlie Hunter to the Independent in San Francisco. Hunter earned his reputation as a killer jazz cat by developing extreme plucking-hand finger independence that allows him to essentially play bass and guitar on custom instruments with fanned frets. He’s veered into territory akin to headhunting on fretted incarnations of a Hammond organ, but those times have long since past as Hunter settled in on a more unified, musical approach on his 7-string. He told GP in 2013:
“Back then, I felt like I had to play all my sh*t all the time to show that I can play. I’m glad I went through that car wash. You go through these things, and you immerse yourself. What sticks with you sticks with you, and what doesn’t falls to the wayside. I got back to the music that I grew up on, which is all this old blues-guitar stuff that my mom had playing in the house: Son House, Brownie McGhee, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Johnson, and Blind Blake. That’s where I’m coming from—the guitar vernacular. Whatever jazz sensibility comes through has to come through that prism.”
Hunter has always had a knack for awesome album titles, and his latest—Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched In the Mouth [Decca, 2016]—is a Mike Tyson quote. Dig the live in-studio video for “No Money No Honey.”
Hunter always brings an intense guitar game, so don’t miss this special partially seated event at the Independent in San Francisco with the Charlie Hunter Quartet featuring Scott Amendola, Kirk Knuffke, and Kasey Knudsen.
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GP Presents The Charlie Hunter Quartet, plus Harry Duncan
Tuesday, December 13
628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
7:30pm doors; 8pm show; Ages 21+