Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo; Monday, December 16, 2013

Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo
Monday, December 16, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“…improvisers plying new genre-less waters…” – San Jose Mercury

Seven-string guitar master Charlie Hunter has been playing with drummer Scott Amendola since the 1990s, when they were two-thirds of the acclaimed jam-band-meets-jazz Charlie Hunter Trio. Following up on their duo release Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, the two just released Pucker, a lean and sinewy session marked by fierce grooves, caressing melodies, and startlingly intuitive interplay. This type of musical partnership, constantly growing and evolving, is best experienced onstage. This annual December tradition finds old friends on familiar ground, as the guitarist and drummer connect with the Kuumbwa audience to introduce us to a new batch of music.

Hunter began his musical journey in Berkeley and gained traction in the industry as the leader of his famed namesake trio in the early 90s.  Since his debut as a leader he’s released seventeen albums, many of which feature Hunter playing unique guitars, namely his signature seven-strong model created by Santa Cruz guitar builder Jeff Traugott.  Amendola has also been indispensable to the Bay Area music scene for many years and has collaborated with the likes of Nels Cline, Bill Frisell, Jenny Scheinman and countless others.

To watch Hunter and Amendola play together is to watch a conversation amongst old friends, while still having new stories to tell.  The rapport that they’ve built over the past twenty years of gigging together has provided a lexicon of understanding between the two.  One nod of the head may indicate a tempo change or a wink may indicate the lengthening of a solo section.  As Hunter puts it, he and Amendola “think of each composition as a starting point for some kind of narrative.”

Pucker is filled with the musical rapport and synchronicity heard on their other releases.  Recorded in a natural, live setting in the studio, Pucker is unique in that it focuses on Amendola’s original compositions.  Hunter states, “After 20 years of constant writing I figured it was time to take a break and explore the guitar again…what I like [about Amendola’s compositions] is that it really fits right into what we’ve been doing all along, simple music with a lot of space.  He’s a drummer who’s really listening to everything with big ears.  He was already driving the bus.”  You could easily make that case that they’re both drivers on this record…and in this case, two are better than one!

Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo

DATE: Monday, December 16, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $23Adv $26/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

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Sandy Sloan

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