With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, Grammy nominee Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D'Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight - string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. Hunter has previously recorded for the venerable Blue Note label, Concord, Ropeadope and others. His recent independent venture is steered by his motivation to release music that most inspires him. Critics have touted his genius technique, but it's his profound artistic sensibility that propels his original music. Hunter's signature style of writing and performing has secured his place as one of today's great guitarists.|
From cookin' with Blues legend John Lee Hooker and organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith to television and radio appearances, Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades has been named Rising Star for organ in the Downbeat critics poll every year since 2006. Wil has been wowing audiences with groups such as O.G.D., Amendola Vs. Blades, Stanton Moore Trio and most recently Billy Martin and Wil Blades Duo. In 2007 Blades released his much anticipated debut record, Sketchy, on Doodlin' Records. In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with a "Who's Who" of Jazz, Funk and Blues legends including Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Mike Clark, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.
Nels Cline of Wilco says of drummer Scott Amendola, "The first time I heard Scott I was really blown away, Cline says. There aren't too many drummers on the West Coast who had his wide ranging ability. Scott's got some funk in him, a looser, sexy thing going on, and the flexibility to play free and different styles. He plays behind singer/ songwriters and he rocks too." As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with a vast, stylistically varied roster of artists, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Mondo Cane, Cibo Matto, Wadada Leo Smith, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Rodney Crowell, John Scofield, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Kelly Joe Phelps, Larry Klein, Darryl Johnson, Dave Liebman, Carla Bozulich, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Viktor Krauss, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, Paul McCandless, Rebecca Pidgeon, and the Joe Goode Dance Group.
Skerik is a saxophonist who defies description. His soulful, wild forays into painting with sound have cemented him as one of the top players in the Boogaloo, funk and various other musical neighborhoods. His voluminous credits include performing and/or recording with Medeski Martin & Wood, Primus, Clyde Stubblefield, Kenny Drew Jr., Stewart Copeland, Sex Mob, John Scofield, Larry Coryell, Screaming Trees, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Johnny Vidocovich, George Porter Jr., Funky Meters, Benevento/Russo Duo, Leo Nocentelli, Charlie Hunter, Kirk Joseph, Big Sam, R.E.M., Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Word, North Mississippi Allstars, James Singleton, Mino Cinelu, Bill Ware, Buckethead, Bernie Worrell, Brain, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ralph Carney, M.I.R.V. Stone Gossard, Lonnie Marshall, DJ Logic, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown, Howard Tate, Maxi Priest, Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Ani DiFranco, Steve Kimock, Zak Hill, Ozomatli, Wolves in the Throne Room, Todd Sickafoose, Scott Amendola, Doze Green, WEEN, Ernest Ranglin, Dave Ellis, Yoshida Brothers, Pearl Jam, Gene Ween, Peter Apfelbaum, Jennifer Hartswick, Zigaboo Modeliste, Soulive, Lettuce, Allen Stone, Akron Family, Trey Spruance, Fontanelle, and many more.
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