Andy Hunter | Think Like a Mountain

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Think Like a Mountain

by Andy Hunter

Modern Jazz by trombonist Andy Hunter, forged in the creative cauldron of New York City, refined on the global stage and performed by outstanding musicians from the Mingus Big Band
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Think Like a Mountain
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7:31 $1.50
2. What Is This Thing Called Love
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5:38 $1.50
3. Deed By Delusion
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6:25 $1.50
4. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
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7:34 $1.50
5. Ampersand Band
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4:01 $1.50
6. Astringent
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5:37 $1.50
7. Less Is More
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4:18 $1.50
8. Post-Occupational Hazards for the Pre-Occupied 99%... Blues
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Album Notes
Trombonist and composer Andy Hunter, after years of working as a sideman with such greats as the Mingus Big Band, Richard Bona, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Dave Holland’s Big Band, the Birdland Big Band, T.S. Monk, and Ochun, along with co-leading cutting edge New York groups such as the dynamic quartet, SPOKE, has created his first album to be released internationally as a leader.

“Think Like A Mountain” is a musical homage to the intersection of cities and nature. The album has a lineup of fantastic New York musicians, most of whom Hunter met during his tenure with the Mingus Bands. The album features an all-star lineup of Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Jason Marshall (baritone saxophone), David Kikoski (keyboard), Boris Kozlov (acoustic bass) and Danny Fischer (drums).


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inner exile

Postbop mainstreamism by a great trombonist (3.9 stars)
who recruited for this sextet debut several musicians he has played with in the Mingus Big Band/Orchestra. Jazz critic Dan Bilawsky has the following to say about the bandleader's approach: "Hunter has a penchant for writing chorale-like horn passages that pop up in various places and make the music glow; he gets the three horns to sound like five and fills the sonic space without overcrowding it."
Andy Hunter's six originals include the opening title track, which begins with somewhat forlorn horns quickly getting more agitated, and on the heels of the fine inflections of the trombone solo trumpeter Alex Sipiagin and baritone saxist Jason Marshall arrive, taking brief turns. #5 'ampersand band' builds on odd-metre funk groove supporting a menacing theme, with the spirited trialogue of the horn players gradually diminishing in length. The concluding tune #8 'post-occupational hazards...' turns out to be a lazy traditional blues laced with irony, with extensive and heavy baritone improv followed by the bandleader's cocky trombone with a hipster's assuredness.

#3 'deed by delusion' is a meditative piece, featuring Boris Kozlov's arco bass in the early phase of the song and Danny Fischer's gentle drumwork, culminating in t-bone - trumpet dialogue. In a similar vein, we have the hypnotical ballad #6 'astringent': beautifully intoned trombone is joined midway on a converging path by Sipiagin's trumpet, leading into crescendo and with the baritone added the head is being explicitly stated and embellished. #7 'less is more' is rather vague but somewhat majestic with nice arrangement. Two standards have also made it to the album: C. Porter's 'what is this thing called love' (#2) is swinging hard and offers an energetic improv on rhodes by David Kikoski, whose role is crucial to the entire effort, followed by busy trombone and fiery trumpet; R. Rogers' mellow 'bewitched, bothered and bewildered' (#4) is sporting a bass intro, baritone for melody, laid back rhodes and agile t-bone. Total time: 49.19 min.

The title of the album, as well as the quote I close this review with, comes from "an essay written early last century by the American ecologist, forester and environmentalist Aldo Leopold...: A mountain has no allegiance to the borders that rise and fall along its slopes; it is rooted in this one world, and reaches toward another" (see the inside and the back of the CD cover).