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Music, Anatomy of the Modern Folkie: Cass McCombs Is Either Putting Us On, or He's Really Goddamn Sincere

Anatomy of the Modern Folkie: Cass McCombs Is Either Putting Us On, or He's Really Goddamn Sincere

Cass McCombs isn't going to show. It's 2:05 p.m. on a radiant October Wednesday and he's already five minutes late. No one near the music concourse in Golden Gate Park looks like an itinerant, mercurial folk-rocker; it's all tourist families.…
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Music, All Shook Down Charlie Hunter Headlines Yoshi's

Charlie Hunter Headlines Yoshi's

Bay Area product Charlie Hunter returns to his old stomping grounds May 14-16 for a three-day stopover at Yoshi's San Francisco. The trouble with Charlie has always been that he's too damn talented and prolific for his own good.…
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Music, Hear This Great Scott

Great Scott

Since coming to San Francisco in the '90s to revive our jazz scene with guitarist Charlie Hunter in the Grammy-nominated combo T.J. Kirk, drummer Scott Amendola has become a truly versatile workhorse. Besides leading his own innovative bands, he's pounded…
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Music, Reviewed Vinyl

Vinyl

As products of San Francisco's mid-'90s acid jazz heyday, Vinyl has both succeeded and suffered thanks to its pedigree. The six-piece ensemble enjoys huge popularity within the cadre of holdouts from that mostly forgotten era; these are the same heads…
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Music, Reviewed Scott Amendola Band

Scott Amendola Band

Bay Area drummer Scott Amendola has provided the beat for an exceedingly diverse lot, including folk and rock singers (Sonya Hunter, Carla Bozulich) and jazz instrumentalists (John Zorn, Charlie Hunter). On Believe, he takes center stage, bringing together these and…
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Music, Reviewed Charlie Hunter Trio|Groundtruther

Charlie Hunter Trio|Groundtruther

Jazz-trained, funk-loving guitarist Charlie Hunter realized early on the limited groove possibilities of playing a standard six-string. So during the Bay Area's vibrant hip-bop boom of the early '90s, he got himself a custom eight-string -- with three fat bass…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Take the offbeat melodics of Thelonious Monk and add a heapin' helpin' of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, the underrated soloist and out-jazz legend famous for playing several horns at once. Now smooth out the concoction with a healthy dose of James…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

The New York-based dance label Ultra excels at neat summations of current electronic-music fads: Its recent electroclash compilation, Ultra. 80's vs. Electro, pitted young nü wavers like Chicks on Speed and Fischerspooner against their stalwart antecedents, and its new trance…
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Music, Give the Drummer Some

Give the Drummer Some

On the evolutionary food chain of the music scene, drummers have to rank near the bottom, right between roadies and unruly fans. Drummers can be flaky, undependable, and prone to suddenly moving to, say, Los Angeles, destroying a band's chemistry…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

A self-professed guitar geek, Jack West likes to put all the notes in the right places. His clean, melodic riffs and savvy leads convey a clear sense of purpose that's ripe for a feature in Acoustic Guitar magazine -- a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doctor's Orders

Doctor's Orders

One of the key elements of funk is the pump of the trap drummer -- the steady pulse of syncopated energy that creates the almighty groove along with electric bass, guitar, and keyboards. In the Bay Area, we have a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Return of the Kitman

Return of the Kitman

For almost 10 years, Scott Amendola has been quietly doing his part to hold up the drumming end of the local music scene. If you're an acid jazz fan, you've probably grooved to his rhythms at a Phil Lesh show;…
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Return of the Prodigious Son

Some might say that a person would have to be crazy to abandon life here for New York City. But for Charlie Hunter, the beautiful Bay Area was a barren wasteland. "I felt that as a musician it was just…
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Riff Raff

The Last Laugh Sonny Bono hustled pop both crap and sublime as a promo man in the early days of rock 'n' roll, and did essentially the same with wife Cher in the '60s. In the '70s he became the…
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Reviews

"Jazz Horizons": Cassandra Wilson, Charlie Hunter Group Masonic Auditorium Friday, Oct. 24 Cassandra Wilson and Charlie Hunter packed the Masonic Auditorium last Friday with the promise of somethin' else. Diva of the moment for four years running, Wilson wanted to…
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Letters

Of Tabloids and Top Ramen Regarding "Musical Trios" (Samples, Feb. 7) about Dave Ellis and Charlie Hunter: We were both astounded to see our names associated with a fictitious tabloid account of recent events concerning the Charlie Hunter Quartet. It…
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Recordings

Guru and Various Artists Jazzmatazz Volume II: The New Reality (Chrysalis/EMI) When Guru, the lyrical half of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, released the first Jazzmatazz back in 1993, it seemed like someone had finally hit the right note in…
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