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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready... steady... replay!
From its opening bars this wonderful "jazz-blues" record grabs you by the collar and carries you along through 50 minutes of rolling guitar & sax based fun. This is "good time" music at its best... catchy melodies, virtuoso musicianship and clever arrangements that make you want to be up there playing with them! Like David Grisman's "Hot Dawg", the complexity of what's...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, but not outstanding
Charlie Hunter is some musicain, no doubt about that. He plays some amazing guitar/bass(one instrument with strings for both) and can swing like a ball wrecker when he is in the groove. I found that this album worked best to dip into, rather than sit and go all the way through in one go. Why? Basically because after a couple of tracks it begins to sound a tad samey, same...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready... steady... replay!, 10 Nov 2000
This review is from: Ready...Set...Shango (Audio CD)
From its opening bars this wonderful "jazz-blues" record grabs you by the collar and carries you along through 50 minutes of rolling guitar & sax based fun. This is "good time" music at its best... catchy melodies, virtuoso musicianship and clever arrangements that make you want to be up there playing with them! Like David Grisman's "Hot Dawg", the complexity of what's going on is never allowed to destroy the enthusiastic, laid-back feel that permeates the album. Tracks flow seamlessly into one another, taking you from up-beat jazz improvisations through slow blues work-outs and back again, and... before you know where you are it's over - time to hit the replay button once again!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, but not outstanding, 21 Feb 2013
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Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen (real name) (Thread rehab facility 37) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ready...Set...Shango (Audio CD)
Charlie Hunter is some musicain, no doubt about that. He plays some amazing guitar/bass(one instrument with strings for both) and can swing like a ball wrecker when he is in the groove. I found that this album worked best to dip into, rather than sit and go all the way through in one go. Why? Basically because after a couple of tracks it begins to sound a tad samey, same tempo, same sort of musical direction etc.......

Charlie Hunter is best heard in concert, not necessarily in the flesh, but on cd as well. He really lifts off in concert and everything about the music just moves up a gear. Unfortunately the zing of the live show does not appear here.

So great for starters and not for the full main course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Über kool grooves, 6 Aug 2012
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K. K. Jakubczyk "Sofa King" (Subversive Surrey) - See all my reviews
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I took the opportunity to revisit this album whilst on ironing duty earlier this evening and I was very pleased that I took the trouble of searching it out from my library.

This is Mr Hunter's second record for the Blue Note label, following hot on the heals of the equally impressive 'Bing, bing, bing', and very good it is too. A few minor personnel changes aside, 'Shango' continues where 'Bing' left off. Über cool funky rhythms dominate and Mr Hunter's 8 string guitar playing remains otherworldly. The high tempo is punctuated by a handfull of seriously cool jazz ballads: Dersu and Shango - the ballad. The Quartet's musicianship is never open to question - good stuff.

Highly recommended to while away those heavy ironing sessions.
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