Richard Hunter

The Act of Being Free in One Act: Solo Harmonica Recordings, 1994

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Richard Hunter is a fine performer who seems to have taken on the mission of giving the harmonica some serious cachet as a solo instrument. Fortunately, this album goes a long way toward achieving that mission, mixing together a selection of original compositions, covers, and adaptations to weave a set that ranges from the almost-Baroque to a cheeky take on the blues (in "Too Late"). Recorded without overdubs or studio enhancement, Hunter still manages to make some of these performances sound quite multi-layered, with some moments where he sounds as though he's playing accordion rather than harmonica. The Act of Being Free in one Act is very easy to enjoy, in part because of Hunter's enthusiasm for the instrument. A follow-up set, The Second Act of Free Being, has also been released.

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