Charlie Hunter (born May 23, 1967) is an American guitarist, composer and bandleader.
First coming to prominence in the early \'90s Hunter has since become one of the leading names in jazz, recording 17 albums. Hunter is noted for playing custom-made seven and eight-string guitars, on which he simultaneously plays basslines, rhythm guitar, and solos. Critic Sean Westergaard describes Hunter\'s innovative guitar technique as \"mind-boggling ... he\'s an agile improviser with an ear for great tone, and always has excellent players alongside him in order to make great music, not to show off.
Since the debut of his self-titled Charlie Hunter Trio in 1993, Charlie Hunter has recorded 17 albums. He co-founded Garage A Trois, a jazz fusion band with Stanton Moore and Skerik. He has collaborated with Bobby Previte for an ongoing project entitled \"Groundtruther.\" He also recorded and toured for Bobby Previte\'s The Coalition of the Willing in 2006. He appears on acclaimed jazz bassist Christian McBride\'s Live At Tonic. On both The Coalition of the Willing and Live at Tonic he plays 6-string guitars. His earliest known released recording without unusual guitars is as a guest basest for the band Sweet Potato from California\'s East Bay. The song \"Crankshaft\" can be found on the Ubiquity Records compilation Mo Cookin from 1994 and the song \"Monkey Wrench\" can be found on the Ubiquity Records compilation Still Cookin from 1995. He also plays guitar on the track \"Me and Chuck\" from the Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel album, Highball with the Devil, released in 1996.
His current trio as of Summer 2007 includes New York keyboardist Erik Deutsch and New York/New Orleans drummer Simon Lott. This trio has recorded the July, 2007 Fantasy release Mistico. Hunter believes in free trade of his live shows. Live shows can be streamed or downloaded in various formats on archive.org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hunter