The Charles Unger Experience
Charles Unger has performed for numerous years at Les Joulin's Jazz Bistro on Ellis, and the Rasselas Jazz Club on Fillmore, to the delight of regulars, tourists, purists and jazz aficionados alike. Surprisingly, more have not experienced this legendary reed player. Unger and his various editions of the "Charles Unger Experience", hope to change all that, with new recordings, shows and a renewed appetite for the sultry tones, humor, and musical explorations he has become known for. Unger's previous CDs, the "Unger Pangs" Live at Les Joulin's, and "Aural Persuasion", showcased some of his compositional prowess as well. Now comes his latest CD, "Around the World", featuring the moody textures of "Like James" with it's lilting bass lines and percussion provide a lovely backdrop for Unger's melodies; the Turrentine-like flavor and strings of "Riverside" open to a latin passage of a Cuban night; and the take no prisoners vamp of "Night Sounds" blends into the promise of nocturnal adventures, only to be interrupted by a deft string arrangement, and a Sonny Rollins-like/Brooklyn Bridge solo by Unger, conjuring his own solitary walk, perhaps across the Golden Gate.
- E. Doc Smith, Beyond Chron