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Portland Jazz Festival: Charlie Hunter, PDX Afrobeat Breakdown 

When: Sat., Feb. 25, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $25-45
The finely honed R&B groundwork of Charlie Hunter's multi-pronged oeuvre is often overshadowed by his experimental approach to playing. Wielding the singular talent to play basslines, rhythm, and solo guitar on one seven- or eight-stringed instrument, Hunter's notorious onstage grunts and insanely disciplined forays into jazz, funk, rock, and more have necessitated his collaborative work with artists like Christian McBride, Les Claypool, D'Angelo, and Michael Franti. But Hunter's jazz-fusion mash-ups are where he shines, alternately doing justice enough to satiate jazz purists while elbowing into more progressive realms. Expect odd aural vignettes spliced with imaginative meditations on the ultra-prog territory of contemporary jazz. RYAN J. PRADO

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