The duo of guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola will kickoff a 15-show tour with an appearance at Natalie’s on Tuesday, April 8th at 8pm. Following on the heels of their 2012 album Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, which concentrated on Hunter’s compositions, last year’s Pucker saw the duo return with a focus on Amendola’s tunes. Using his custom bass/guitar hybrid instrument that he innovated in the 1990s, Hunter partners with his long-time collaborator for an album packed with wide-ranging influences. Though his 20+ year career has touched on hip-hop, funk, jazz-rock, avant garde and beyond, his recent recordings have seen him take on a mellower, cleaner tone that gets back to the basics. Amendola has a similarly varied repertoire and played with Hunter in groundbreaking jazz-rock outfit T.J. Kirk in the 90s. Hunter’s loping grooves and Amendola’s precise touch on the drums is an exciting yet comforting combination. This run of dates promises to be an intimate tour, and his stop at Natalie’s will provide a close glimpse at a prolific modern jazz veteran.
Here’s a taste of what to expect: