Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Duo
Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, the renowned guitarist/composer Charlie Hunter's new duo recording with drummer Scott Amendola, is an album that's easy to get behind. A complete departure from last year's Public Domain—a true solo album—and the previous year's Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid—which incorporated two trombones and trumpet into Hunter's instrumental arsenal—Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead (Release Date: October 2, 2012) is Hunter's first recording of original compositions in three years. It's also, perhaps, his most candid and forthright set of songs ever.
"Our intention in making this record was to tell a bunch of stories around the central theme of the album’s title,” says Hunter. "The new tunes are meant to evoke some of the things you might see in your travels through the USA these days. Scott and I wanted to think of each composition as a starting point for some kind of narrative."
Recorded with Hunter and Amendola playing in the same room simultaneously—an old-school recording method that has been virtually lost in today's cut-and-paste world—Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead was written by Hunter while at home, inspired by his touring. "I love the nooks and crannies of the U.S., and this album is for the people living in these places.”
"One of the best elements of this new album is that we didn't use any headphones," adds Amendola. "We could hear everything naturally and acoustically. No mixing and no fixing, straight to ¼-inch tape. It sounds incredible. My drums haven't sounded this good ever. Everything sounded just as you were naturally playing it.”The digital edition of the album also includes a hidden bonus track, a Delta blues tune titled "If You Don't Give Me That."
Summing up the experience of making Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, Amendola says, "Working with Charlie in the studio, the whole thing was just relaxed. We'd been working on this material live, and it was really fun, kind of interesting. We have been playing music for so long that when you are in the studio, the tape doesn't lie. We work our butts off and we are getting better. I'm excited about where we are at musically. It really comes through on this album."