I was talking to a guitar teacher of mine about Charlie Hunter when I was in college. I was gushing about the technique to play his 7 and 8-string bass/guitar monstrosities and my teacher looked at me quizzically.
“Hmm. I guess that explains it. I thought he was just a really sloppy player and couldn’t figure out what the fuss was about.”
There’s still no diss like a jazz prof diss.
Sloppy or not, Hunter’s got a vibe and I’ve long appreciated it. I was on a recent scroll through his releases when I accidentally found this acoustic version of “Over My Shoulder” with Victoria Victoria.
I’ll put the original below it too, but listen to this live, acoustic take. Magic. I’ll let you be the judge on if it’s sloppy magic or not.