Sound Advice: Huntertones (Oct. 22)

Jazz/Soul sextet Huntertones heads to MOTR Pub.

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click to enlarge Huntertones - Photo: Josh Smith
Photo: Josh Smith
If you attended Cincinnati’s MidPoint Music Festival last month and your appetite for brilliantly conceived and executed horn music was whetted with the appearances of The Budos Band and Lucky Chops, create a phone reminder, put a Post-It on your computer, write yourself a note and stick it to the refrigerator with the Charlie Brown magnet you got in second grade — Huntertones are coming.

The gifted sextet, formed at Ohio State University but now based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has become one of the premier Jazz/Soul outfits, able to rearrange John Williams’ theme from Jurassic Park into a syncopated swingathon that sounds like an inventive original composition, a talent that comes in handy when the group’s collective musical mind focuses its attention on writing its own songs.

Huntertones first coalesced as a group of OSU students in 2010 and immediately attracted local attention with their genre-bending blend of Jazz, R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, Rock and Pop. Over the past six years, the band itself has become a fixture at festivals and an in-demand act at clubs around the country, taking time to record a pair of full lengths — 2014’s Your Song and 2015’s Huntertones, as well as a live document, 2015’s Camptown Races. As individual players, the rotating cast of Huntertones has amassed an amazing set of credentials, sitting in with some of the biggest names in Pop and Jazz, including Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, O.A.R., Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Phillip Phillips and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey among others.

Although Huntertones’ sound is rooted in Jazz, saxophonist Dan White has stressed in interviews that potential fans shouldn’t be intimidated by that weighty genre designation, insisting that the band’s combination of technical proficiency and improvisational intuition is applied to a high power live presentation that is anything but a sedate Jazz experience.

Dancing shoes, a breathable outfit and antiperspirant are strongly encouraged — Huntertones absolutely guarantees a good time.

Click here for more info on this free show.

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