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James Hunter Tops WEMU's Sweet Sixteen

Apr 1, 2013

New / old school soul sensation James Hunter tops WEMU’s Sweet Sixteen with Minute By Minute from March 18th through the 24th. It’s been five years since Hunter released a new CD.


The time may not have been kind to him (his wife, Jacqueline died from cancer in 2011), but he’s returned with a survivor’s attitude and the lyrical depth only earned from experiencing life’s ups and downs. While Hunter’s supple, whiskey husky voice is front and center, the ace band backing him up for the past six years add to the authentic sweet soul sound. And given the sound – with production from Gabriel Roth and Bosco Mann – architects of the Daptone sound – it had to be a WEMU listener and staff favorite. Our final recommendation for Minute By Minute is for the genuine emotions expressed in Hunter’s original tunes. Minute By Minute by James Hunter is a disc to savor for hours and hours.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY March 18 to March 24, 2013


1.  THE JAMES HUNTER SIX “Minute By Minute” (Fantasy / Go Records)  

2.  WOLF & CLARK EXPEDITION "Wolf & Clark Expedition" (Random Act)  

3.  THE SLIDE BROTHERS “Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers” (Concord Records)  

4.  JOSÉ JAMES “No Beginning No End” (Blue Note Records)  

5.  MENAHAN STREET BAND "The Crossing" (Dunham Records)  

6.  KEVIN EUBANKS “The Messenger” (Mack Avenue Records)  

7.  HARRY CONNICK, JR. “Smokey Mary” (Columbia)  

8.  MADELEINE PEYROUX “The Blue Room” (Decca)  

9.  THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS “On The Verge” (Severn)  

10.  TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue” (Concord Jazz)  

11.  ORGANISSIMO " Dedicated" (Big O Records)  

12.  JESSE DEE “On My Mind / In My Heart” (Alligator Records)  

13.  JEREMY PELT “Water And Earth” (High Note Records)  

14.  CHARLES BRADLEY “Victim Of Love” (Daptone Records)  

15.  RACHEL BROOKE " A Killers Dream" (Mal)  

16.  GIACOMO GATES “Miles Tones: Giacomo Gates Sings The Music Of Miles Davis” (Savant)