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  • 1
    And then as we played more and more as a trio, it became more and more of a situation where we realized we really knew how to use the fourth member of the group - that space. The thing about the trio is that it's the biggest sound you can have with the smallest unit. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 2
    Anyone playing with you is going to change where your direction is. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
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    But I just think we've got such a continuity with what we're doing that most people come in and fill in the blanks. And sometimes we leave a lot of blanks to be filled. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
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    But I've come to the point in my evolution on the instrument where I realize that I can't play the same stuff that just a guitar player or organ player would play - and I need to embrace that in a big way. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 5
    But that kind of falls in line; when you think about it, James Brown was a funk minimalist. All of those parts create a sum that's larger than than the individual parts. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 6
    I do dig the White Stripes. I like the record they have out now. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
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    I mean, in the course of an evening, people will take a solo here and there, but generally it's all about the rhythm of that music. Dealing with the rhythm with everything. That's essentially at least my concept of what that group is. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
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    It's just a way of trying to get to a third thing that's not particular to any quote-unquote genre. It's been great for me; it's really opened me up and gotten me to use that part of my imagination. It's very scary in a lot of ways, and just as exciting. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 9
    Now, when we first started, I would be playing something good and then feel like I wasn't doing the right thing and launch into some idiotic cliche. Luckily for me, Bobby was patient. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 10
    So it's really hard for a horn player to comp. But I'm totally into trying to switch those paradigms around and find a little magic space where that works, and try to mine that. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 11
    That's the thing that we said about the horn before: it's a focus issue. It's like a singer versus a drummer. If a drummer's playing a drum beat, and a singer starts singing, what do you think the audience is going to do? Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
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    The market didn't define the music; the music defined the market. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 13
    Ultimately, at the end of it, it's just trying to get into that space where you feel like you're hitting the right thing and you're making music. And it feels intuitive rather than being counterintuitive. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 14
    Yeah, it's more like playing what you think is appropriate for the moment. It's not about trying to force any particular style within the parameters - and the parameters we play in are pretty large! Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter
  • 15
    Yeah, well, it did earlier - but as Bobby and I have played together, our thing as a unit has become so strong that they kind of had to get in where they fit in. And most people do. Charlie-HunterCharlie Hunter