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  • Audio CD (31 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005H2V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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Fun and grooving set of tunes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative, interesting, and very skillful guitarwork 29 Aug. 1998
By kilroyc@ufl.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Charlie Hunter showcases his very impressive technical skill on this album, as well as his ability to imitate terrific organ playing with the guitar. Tracks that are particularly good are 'Ashby Man' and 'Thursday the 12th', both featuring excellent saxophone solos. A good purchase for someone who wants to hear something a little different but without compromising quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get ready to 19 Nov. 2004
By R. Wall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Play this energetic album during your next party and guests will undoubtedly compliment your smart music tastes. Play it while sitting alone and you'll soon realize why he's a pioneer in today's jazz/fusion scene. It's my favorite Charlie Hunter album (and I own them all). SHANGO!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hint of what's to come. 21 Nov. 2006
By Paul J. Decoursey-clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Ready ... Set ... Shango" by almost any other contemporary jazz guitarist would be their best. But, this is not just any Jazz guitarist.

Charlie Hunter has been quietly setting himself apart from his contemporaries with his groove driven, funk and rock inspired tracks. His approach to composition is pure entertainment and very accessible, with little of the obfuscation and dense noodling that some contemporary jazz falls prey to. Charlie Hunter strains to bring jazz back to the popular perch it occupied in its heyday; probably not achievable, but a laudable goal nontheless. He probably owes as much to John Frusciante as to Wes Montgomery, and this shows in his execution.

Although not his best, this album has its highlights, and a large vision of what's to come. The opener, Ashby Man is particularly enjoyable. Neither Charlie nor his partners on the album show the confidence of later albums, notably "Friends, Seen and Unseen", but I can wholeheartedly recommend this album anyway. Shango on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready... steady... replay! 15 May 2000
By nicjaytee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Shango/Django? 15 May 2000
By J. kuhn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
from what i heard this can only be the start of something big. trad jazz (eg Thad Jones & normal 3/4-tets must be paying Jimmy Smith & Captain Jack the same dues finally that Joey DiFrancesco is getting, playing also cornet, because this organ stand-in "six string bass" guitar is using what rock has dropped for decades - WAH-WAH pedal as a judicious organ stop. This is no acid jazz, this hip rhythm collective reaches back to the original rhythm section of the standard trio to pull out some funk & rescue the lowly hendrix pedal from oblivion. No label, this is straight ahead. i followed it up from Christian Jacob/Steve Swallow, another rock transfer (Chuck Mangione, or was it "Larry Coryell"?), & can only describe what can't be summarized - listen w/ caution, it is uncommon rare.
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