“The people I listened to most are the guitar players from the 1920s, who are some of the best that ever did it”: Charlie Hunter has played with John Mayer, D’Angelo and Frank Ocean – just don’t call him a session guitarist

Charlie Hunter onstage at the Newport Jazz Festival 2023 at Fort Adams State Park on August 05, 2023
(Image credit: Douglas Mason / Getty Images)

Charlie Hunter’s staggering resume includes work with Stanton Moore, D’Angelo, Frank Ocean, John Mayer and dozens more. He’s also dropped upwards of 30 records as a leader or co-leader.

Hunter takes it all in his stride.“It’s just about working hard enough and having been lucky enough to just get to do the work,” he says. “And because of that, I’m always trying to do something that works for where I’m at.”

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.