Energetic newcomers Huntertones make a nice first impression on their self-titled debut EP. Founded in Columbus, Ohio, the band has since relocated to Brooklyn and have cultivated a sound that blends jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, R&B and rock.
The six-track, 37-minute platter is a nice showcase for Huntertones and principal composers/arrangers Jon Lampley (trumpet/sousaphone), Dan White (saxophones) and Chris Ott (trombone/beat box). They’ve already performed at jazz festivals across the U.S. and Canada, and even landed a gig at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
Things get off to a swinging start with “Rumpus Time,” and Huntertones hit their stride with personal favorite “Welcome to the Neighborhood.” Additional standouts include “Hip Mr. Hampton” and “Song for Arthur.” I look forward to hearing what these guys come up with next. (Jeffrey Sisk)