The jazz scene’s funkiest duo isn’t waiting around for a rising tide. Following up on last year’s critically hailed Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola return with Pucker, a lean and sinewy session marked by fierce grooves, caressing melodies, and startlingly intuitive interplay. Due out on Amendola’s label SAZi Records on October 15th, 2013, the album opens a whole new frontier for the duo with a program of Amendola’s evocative compositions. He established himself as a highly effective composer writing for his five-piece Scott Amendola Band and his trio with guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist John Shifflett, but until now the duo has focused on the seven-string guitar wizard’s muscular tunes. Looking to take a break from writing to focus on his guitar craft, Hunter realized that the duo could thrive while investigating a whole new body of music.