After more than a decade of providing some of the most riveting post-Hendrix guitar arsenals this side of Eddie Hazel, and a multifaceted career that includes working with the likes of Miles Davis, Cassandra Wilson, Muhal Richard Abrams and Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Jean-Paul Bourelly is still roundly ignored in jazz-critic polls.
Nevertheless, not being in the spotlight has its advantages, such as being able to follow one's creative spirit. Witness Bourelly's latest album, Boom Bop, where he collaborates with a handful of Senegalese percussionists as well as iconic saxophonists Henry Threadgill and Archie Shepp, resulting in a visceral album of Afro-psychedelia that's as passionate as it is probing.
Bourelly's once staccato, Hendrix-inflected vocals give way to more of an elongated Afro-Arabian phrasing on Boom Bop, but Bourelly's deep delta-blues roots are firmly intact as evidenced by the eerie "New Afro Blu" in which Bourelly sings of a deceitful lover alongside Diop's fervid, chant-like singing. Other blues-drenched Afro-psychedelic charms include the percussive instrumental "Kinetic Threadness," which features some fine alto work from Threadgill, the dreamy "Tara" and the thumping "Silent Rain."
While it's far-fetched that Boom Bop will make Bourelly a household name in the U.S, it will undoubtedly solidify his credentials as one of the most inventive and under-recognized guitarists of our time.
By John Murph
released April 8, 2003
Bass - Reggie Washington (tracks: 2, 7 to 9)
Bass [Filtered Boom Bass] - Big Royal Talamacus* (tracks: 1 to 9)
Djembe - Slaka (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 9)
Drums - Slam T. Wig (tracks: 6)
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Effects - Jean-Paul Bourelly
Other [Boograboo] - Samba Sock (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 9)
Producer - Jean-Paul Bourelly
Saxophone [Alto] - Henry Threadgill (tracks: 4, 7)
Saxophone [Tenor] - Archie Shepp (tracks: 1, 2, 6)
Vocals, Drums - Abdourahmane Diop (tracks: 1 to 3, 6 to 10)
Jean-Paul Bourelly, guitarist and innovative musician was born in Chicago. The founder and label owner
of JPGotMangos has always strived toward new musical territory in his group’s collaborations, recordings and underground experimentations. "I always felt that the guitar was not just a rock & roll instrument but a channel in which I could breath out all my life experiences."...more