Brisk, cool, breezy – kind of the right sound for the encroaching autumn season.  Formed in Columbus, Ohio and currently based in Brooklyn, The Huntertones have a feel that I very much like, right from the get-go.  Beefy horns, a groove; a vibe that encompasses funk and a clean sound that heightens the quality of the performances, all instrumental (the theme of this week!).

Jazzy/fusion carries the opening cut, “Rumpus Time”, which indicates a good time feel (a word that will come up frequently as that’s what this music is about); “Welcome To The Neighborhood” slows the groove down but not the jam and it’s a smooth transition.  “Delirious” kicks in with some milky bass and the horns just shine throughout this slightly off-time piece and “Hip Mr. Hampton” has an infectious loop-styled groove with a human beat box sound (!).

All in all, a very impressive release – I look forward to hearing more from this very fine and skilled outfit.  Quality players win me everytime.

Huntertones s/t E.P. will be released on Friday, November 20th, 2015




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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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