Although bassist Henry Franklin takes his share of solos, he sounds quite happy backing the other fine musicians in his quintet and trio. One can understand his joy for the high-powered tenor saxophonist Phil Vieux, the Freddie Hubbard-inspired trumpeter of Tony Lujan, and the two pianists (Todd Hunter and Marc Seals) are in superior form. The music on Hunter is modern mainstream jazz, swings hard, and contains plenty of fireworks. Among the many highlights are Jack Walrath's "Woody Shaw" (which really does capture Shaw's style), a few brooding jazz waltz ballads, the trio romping on the blues "Take the Coltrane," and "Wayne's Domayne." Hunter features some of the top West Coast-based jazz musicians and is highly recommended.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow