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3:09 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

2-man jam band Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola top "Sweet 16" 2 weeks in a row!

A week after their Magic Bag Theater show, WEMU hosts continued to feature the timely and topical CD "Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead" by 7-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola.  Both musicians are based in San Francisco and have been improvising partners for over 20 years.  Neither has permitted their long association to allow them to slip in to cliches, reliable patterns or tawdry tricks.  Rather, the two are stretching the definition of the jazz - jam band sound to include their duets and creative compositions.   In WEMU's quest to identify the best new music with edge and energy but with a melody you can lock on, Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola are perfect additions to the the playlist.    Other highlights of this week's "Sweet 16" are the excellent releases by regional performers Bettye LaVette, Paul Keller, Rampage Swing and Hot Club Of Detroit.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY October 29 to November 4, 2012
 
LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR
 
1. CHARLIE HUNTER AND SCOTT AMENDOLA   “Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead”  (Charlie Hunter Music)
2. BETTYE LAVETTE "Thankful 'n' Thoughtful" (ANTI-)
3. ANN RABSON WITH BOB MARGOLIN  “Not Alone”   (VizzTone Records)
4. JOE JACKSON  “The Duke”  (Razor & Tie)
5. PAUL KELLER QUARTET FEATURING SARA D’ANGELO   “At Sundown”  (PKO Records)
6. DAVID MAXWELL   “Blues In Other Colors”   (Shining Stone Music Group)
7. ELIZABETH SHEPHERD  “Rewind”  (Linus Entertainment)
8. JACQUI SUTTON   “Notes From The Frontier:  A Musical Journey”  (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions)
9. CARRIE WICKS   “Barely There”   (OA2 Records)
10. RAMPAGE SWING "Michigan Avenue Stomp" (www.rampageswing.com )
11. ANTIBALAS   “Antibalas”   (Daptone)
12. HOT CLUB OF DETROIT   “Junction”   (Mack Avenue Records)
13. NINEY MILES (STEFON HARRIS, DAVID SANCHEZ AND CHRISTIAN SCOTT)  “Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco”   (Concord Picante)
14. LAVERNE BUTLER   “Love Lost And Found Again”   (High Note Records)
15. RANDY CRAWFORD & JOE SAMPLE  “Live”  (PRA Records)
16. JORDAN YOUNG   “Cymbal Melodies”   (Posi-Tone Records)    

~COMPILED BY LINDA YOHN AND PATRICK HOLUBIK