If anything is evident in each Charlie Hunter album, it’s that this guy listens to a lot of music. I’d pay good money to not only get in his mind (of which he appears to have two that work in perfect sync with each other), but into his record collection. Right Now Move
is Charlie’s first record with new label Ropeadope (home of DJ Logic and others), and while it’s consistent with the feel of his past Blue Note recordings, it’s definitely at home and fresh full of new grooves, tight horn parts, and a host of rhythmic ventures from the Latin obscure to the New Orleans second line. Again, the important thing to note hear is that you can hear music from around the world in this one recording, wrapped up in Hunter’s 8-string guitar wielding hands, brought to life with sassy brass and off the hook percussion.
The new Charlie Hunter Quintet is Gregoire Maret (bone and chromatic harmonica), John Ellis & Curtis Fowlkes (saxes) and Derek Phillips on drums, premier with all the staying power of the past configurations and then some. Highlights include tracks like the opening "Mestre Tata", "Whoop Ass" and "Wade In The Water", all of which are a plethora of musical styles packed into one groovy package that only Charlie Hunter could pull off.
Right Now Move is again another step in the Charlie Hunter odyssey (I use that word because this guy is so prolific it’s frightening), and like every album before it, Hunter’s mark is virtually branded on the cover with a cattle prod, but the package inside is like going to school and learning something new every 8 minutes. Highly recommended.