Charlie Hunter: Two for Bleu


Two for Bleu


Charlie Hunter (8-string guitar)


Charlie Hunter (Blue Note 7243 5 25450 2 5)

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Charlie Hunter (8-string guitar), Josh Roseman (trombone),

Leon Parker (conga, floor tom), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax), Stephen Chopek (cowbell, cymbal), Robert Perkins (tamborine)


Composed by Charlie Hunter


Recorded: January 19, 20, 25 & 26, 2000


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

“Two For Bleu” is a song that’s abounding in character. Paced by Parker’s persistent Afro-Cuban percussion section, the theme consists of Hunter playing a short, swing-time jazz phrase and Apfelbaum and Roseman combined providing the rebuttal phrase. That’s when it’s hard not to notice Roseman’s saucy wah-wah mute that helps to make the tune colorful but stopping short of cartoonish.

When Hunter solos, he recreates Charlie Christian’s single bop lines while punctuating each phrase with a slightly tremolo’d chord, thus playing both the lead and rhythm parts without making it sound so cluttered. And all while simultaneously holding down bass duties.

Hunter gets a full sound from just a trio plus a small percussion section that sounds fresh and festive even as it calls to mind old Havana. It makes you want to dance a jig, too.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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