Painting The Act of Being Free in One Act by Dean Hunter-Cutrona Turtle Hill Productions announces the release of Richard Hunter’s solo harmonica CD, The Act of Being Free in…


Painting The Act of Being Free in One Act by Dean Hunter-Cutrona

Turtle Hill Productions announces the release of Richard Hunter’s solo harmonica CD, The Act of Being Free in One Act. The recording is a virtuosic performance that Kim Field, author of the standard reference work Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers, calls "one of the most unique collections of harmonica recordings unveiled in recent years."

Field goes on to say, "Richard Hunter has once again placed the ‘people’s instrument’ in its original role as a portable, self-contained orchestra, but he has managed to put his own compelling and modern twist on the concept. Hunter’s lyrical, precise playing; his innovative use of alternate tunings; and his taste for unusual chords make The Act of Being Free in One Act one of the most unique collections of harmonica recordings unveiled in recent years."

"Thanks to talented mavericks like Richard Hunter," Field says, "the mouth organ is still inventing itself."

Recorded and mastered entirely in the digital domain without overdubs, The Act of Being Free in One Act includes 14 pieces written and arranged by Hunter for unaccompanied harmonica. From the driving country fiddle-like attack of the opening Peppermint Life, to the haunting, Debussy-influenced seascape of Winter Sun At Nobska, the uncanny big-band sound of Big 17, and the astonishing two-part counterpoint of Hymn For Crow, Hunter breaks new ground in every one of these moving performances.

"Great work’s being done on the harmonica now in lots of different styles," Hunter says. "Harmonica is coming into its own, and I wanted to do a recording that shows how deep the instrument can be."

"Every piece on this record is played on a single harmonica, with no overdubs," Hunter adds. "People are amazed when they realize they’re listening to a single instrument."

The Act of Being Free in One Act was produced by Hunter and Mark Greenberg of Upstreet Productions, whose previous productions include the Grammy-nominated Doc Watson Sings Songs for Little Pickers and releases by Cajun fiddler Michael "Beausoleil" Doucet and folk legend Dave van Ronk.

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  1. Bought this album ~1998 and even after 14 years of harmonica playing this is still one of my top 10 favorite harp albums. I still try and play along and expand my abilities after every session. Richard is not only a monster player but a monster musician to carry such expressive melodies over his rock solid rhythm simultaneously. This will be on my regular rotation for many more years.

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