Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
If Four Was One
Genres: Jazz, Pop
With such a uniquely brilliant concept behind them, this quartet's success is ensured even before they go into a studio. Their only weapons: three eclectic electric guitarists (Charlie Hunter, John Schott, Will Bernard), o... more »
With such a uniquely brilliant concept behind them, this quartet's success is ensured even before they go into a studio. Their only weapons: three eclectic electric guitarists (Charlie Hunter, John Schott, Will Bernard), one drummer (Scott Amendola), and the songs of Thelonious Monk, James Brown, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. No matter whose tune they're playing, they seem to combine the approaches of all three simultaneously: Monk's curiosity, Brown's insistent rhythms, Kirk's passion. Not only can they execute their ideas, they also have a great deal of fun mixing and matching the various composers. Sometimes two melodies will battle each other for supremacy; other times a quirky Monk melody will be backed by funky grooves. Somehow, it all blends together seamlessly. --Marc Greilsamer
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"T.J. Kirk stands for "T"=Thelonius, "J"=James Brown, and "Kirk"=Rasaan Roland Kirk. These three virtousos and drummer take the compositions of these legendary artists and become legendary in their own right. PLEASE, do not think cover band for one second. That is the furthest thing from what went on within T.J. Kirk. The quartet consists of Wil Bernard (g), Jon Schott(g), Charlie Hunter (g/b), and Scott Amendola(d). Schott and Bernard basically go back and fourth funking down with totally unique styles within these classic artitst's frame works. Charlie Hunter, a man quickly gaining fame, plays an 8 string homemade bass/guitar. 3 Bass strings and 5 guitar. He lays down the bass lines and plucks chords on his guitar strings that are channelled through a MIDI to create an organ-like sound. On top of his funk, Bernard and Schott go off. Wil Bernard rocks hard, hence the song "ROCKHARD" and I believe Schott funks more. It is hard to tell sometimes what is going on, but what certainly is going on is deep grooves and great timing. The stop and go style so prevelant in James Brown's music is not lost on this band. I promise anyone who has not heard this album that if you like funk, guitar, James Brown and the best band you have never heard than "IF FOUR WAS ONE" is for you. Waste no time even thinking about buying another album before you buy this one."
Fun, Funky Jazz
Michael Strom | Chicago, IL USA | 03/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These guys have seamlessly blended their influences and source material into a unified, breezy jazz-funk style. Their James Brown covers sound like their Roland Kirk covers, and if you are unfamiliar with the originals, you won't be able to hear the difference. Most of this is really propulsive, fun stuff. Not for jazz purists, though.Although Charlie Hunter is not really the main guitarist in this band, fans of his work will be very comfortable here."
One of the greatest musical excursions in recorded music!
kens522 | Alameda, CA United States | 12/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a no-brainer. Buy this album! If you even thought for a split-second that you might like this album, don't hesitate. The sooner you can get this in your CD player, the better. An unbelievable collection of both high-energy, Tiki style jazz numbers, and soft-touch, spiritually laced guitar picking. This combination of guitar-styles and the happy-happy-joy-joy pace of Scott Amendola's drums, plants a permanent smile on your face, from the intial note through the last. Certainly, my favorite Charlie Hunter-involved CD. It will make you invent new styles of dance, and it could bring a tear to your eye from its perfection. Fun, fun, fun! It honestly couldn't get any better...Please do another album...Please!"