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Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead

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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charlie Hunter Music
  • ASIN: B008W2V6NI
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcus S. on 16 Jan 2013
Format: Audio CD
Having seen Hunter and Amedola work their magic in a live setting, I was overwhelmed when I heard that some of these tunes will be captured and released as an album. The gig was vibrant, oozing with grooves and untamed largely improvised funk, and Charlie was on fire. Perhaps that is the reason this album just doesn't cut it. The playing did not translate well into a studio setting. Song writing and the improvs here are devoid of anything new or interesting, and Charlie seems bored half the time. I guess everyone is allowed to release a lemon every once in a while, especially a guy that consistently produces great music. For a much better duo session, check out C. Hunter/L. Parker 1999 release "Duo".
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By Ian Hartley on 6 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The interplay here is excellent. There is obviously a deep connection between these two musicians, and the album has some great moments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A return to rock 22 Nov 2012
By The Delite Rancher - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead" demonstrates how Charlie Hunter continues to be one of the most interesting guitar players of our time. To say nothing of his unique improvisational technique, Hunter is constantly covering new musical ground whether it's reggae, rock, electronic music or jazz. While his discography has a balance of hits and misses, Hunter is always interesting. Unlike some of his more ambitious efforts, "Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead" is back to basics, straight up rock. Much like the "Duo" album cut with Leon Parker, this is another guitar and drums project. So while it doesn't break any new ground, it reminds us that Charlie Hunter isn't so full of big ideas as to forget about the basics of great groove. This duo sounds fantastic. Given the guitar work, it sounds like a full group. Indeed, the title track showcases Hunter's ability to play a great bass line on his seven string guitar. One of the hottest, orgiastic solos is played on 'There Used To Be A Nightclub There.' 'Rust Belt' is funky with a capitol 'F.' The overall vibe is chill. There are a few rockin' tunes that cook but most of the songs walk in a relaxed tempo. Following the current evolution in Hunter's sound, those Hammond B-3 style chords are almost totally absent. The emphasis here is on rock with a bluesy feel. Amendola and Hunter play well together. At times, Scott Amendola's chops are tight enough to make him sound like a co-author. Not all of the tunes are winners; the slower material is less compelling. That written, one of the album's strengths is the production. Unlike on the "Duo" album, the mix here is perfect. While it may not be essential, this is a recommended project. Listen to Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola to find out why "Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead."
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Easy to Get Behind this Album 2 Oct 2012
By ATrainEnt - Published on
Renowned guitarist/composer Charlie Hunter's new duo recording with drummer Scott Amendola, is an album that's easy to get behind. A complete departure from his last two albums, Not Getting behind Is The New Getting Ahead is Hunter's first recording of original compositions in three years. Hunter explains that their intention was to tell stories around the central theme of the album's title. Hunter says, "The new tunes are meant to evoke some of the things you might see in your travels through the USA these days. Scott and I wanted to think of each composition as a starting point for some kind of narrative."
"The album's ten tracks were recorded with both Hunter and Amendola playing in the same room simultaneously, with no headphones, and there's no mixing, editing, or overdubs. Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead was recorded straight to two-track analog 1/4-inch tape by lauded sound engineer Dave McNair." - JamBase
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Charlie & Scott are getting ahead! 27 Dec 2012
By DGF - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I own a number of Charlie Hunter CDs, and have seen his live show many times over the past 10 years. This is my favorite Charlie Hunter recording to date. The performance captures what Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola accomplish in a live setting. As always the music is excellent and it is obvious that the musicians were enjoying themselves. The absolute highlight of this release, however, is its showcase of very realistic and unprocessed guitar and drum sounds, which is very refreshing. Unlike many current releases, this recording also makes great use of loud and quiet passages. I selected the vinyl LP for use with a nice turntable. The pressing is good, and the analog tape used to record these tracks comes through very nicely. Of course, any Charlie Hunter fan will enjoy the performance in analog or digital format. Charlie, I hope you will do more analog recording and vinyl releases in the future! Highly recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jam session duo 2 Mar 2014
By Matt Ketterer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Need I say more? The songs are thoughtful, have great rythmn, and is just the two of them. You can listen to the whole thing all the way through in a 45 minute car ride and it will seem like no time had passed.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Charlie Hunter keeps on doing his thang 3 Jan 2013
By The Tuck - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have almost all this guy's albums, have seen him live a few times, I have sat very close to the stage to watch and listen-- and i still don't know how he does it!!! Guitar and bass at the same time, without compromising the sound or skill level of either. Crazy! He just keeps on going with his thang-- every new album seems like a whole different approach, with sometimes horns or keys, but in this case and every other case, the drummer he works with is simply killer. Re-inventing his style and sound constantly, a true jazz man, and there aren't too many of those around these days. Complexity and simplicity dance together. This album is very good, kind of a mellow tone, with Amendola, who i know as nels Cline's drummer-- i would very much like to see a collaboration htere-- Hunter, Cline and Amendola! Whoa.
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