Charlie Hunter


The eight-string guitarist breathes new life into Top 40 radio, that inescapable format that thrives on repetition but rarely gets the jazz treatment. More than capable as a one-man band—his custom-built ax allows him to walk a bass line on the low end—Hunter is joined by three formidable contemporaries: trumpeter Steven Bernstein, saxophonist Skerik, and drummer Bobby Previte, all of whom tap into the zeitgeist as a jumping off point. The quartet creates the postmodern milieu long favored by the jazz avant-garde, reinventing the way we experience the higher frequencies, using hits way past the saturation point as a vehicle for wild improvisation.

Thu., July 18, 8 p.m., 2013