David Murray: Fo Deuk Revue
While the combinations often succeed (witness "Village Urbana," a groovy piece with Senegalese rapping and Murray's trademark intense blowing; or "Evidence," a showcase for Amiri Baraka's dramatic reading of his intense poem "Africa"), they just as often regress into cheesy smooth jazz or boxed-in formulaic drumming. In parts, the sound creeps closer to the Afro-American tradition than the African one, instead of heading somewhere in between. This deviation originates in large part from the incessantly smooth backing keyboards and Tacuma's usual wanky and out-of-touch bass playing. Just like any work with this incredible range of sounds, Fo Deuk Revue has its hits as well as its misses. Murray deserves credit for even attempting the project, and for Murray fans Fo Deuk Revue presents a totally unique sound hitherto unavailable on record.
Track Listing: Blue Muse, Evidence, One World Family, Too Many Hungry People, Chant Africain, Abdoul Aziz Sy, Village Urbana, Thilo.
Personnel: Doudou N'Diaye Rose: sabar, vocals; Amadou Barry, aka Doug E. Tee (Positive Black Soul): vocals/rap; Didier Awadi (Positive Black Soul): rap; Oumar Mboup: djembe, percussion; Hamet Maal: vocals; Tidiane Gaye (Dieuf Dieul): vocals; El Hadji Gniancou Sembene (Dieuf Dieul): keyboard; Abdou Karim Mane (Dieuf Dieul): bass; Ousseynou Diop (Dieuf Dieul): drums; Assane Diop (Dieuf Dieul): xalam, guitar; Moussa Sene (Dieuf Dieul): percussion, backup vocals; Jamaaladeen Tacuma: bass; Hugh Ragin: trumpet; Robert Irving III: piano; Darryl Burgee: drums; Craig Harris: trombone; Junior Soul: vocals; Amiri Baraka: poetry reading; Amiri Baraka Jr.: vocals; David Murray: saxophone, bass clarinet.
Record Label: Justin Time Records
Style: Modern Jazz