David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters: Yonn-De (2002)
Murray’s horn shares equal spotlight here with the music of songwriter and vocalist Guy Konket. This recording centers on the African percussion music of this former French Antilles possesion. Vocalist and political activist Konket supplies the emotion, as Murray and company take on the unfamiliar role as sideman. His rhythms are straight out of Guadeloupe as the band ventures only once into a truly American R&B groove on “La Pli La.” But Murray is game for this drum-fest. So too are the jazz guests Pheroan Aklaff, Hugh Ragin, Criag Harris, and Santi DeBriano. Murray’s big slurring tenor melts with the groove-centric beats and powerful combo of Hugh Ragin’s trumpet and Craig Harris’ Trombone accent the pulse nicely.
kudos to Canadian label Justin Time for presenting world music as the main course and not just an accent to these jazz superstars.
Track Listing: Twa Jou San Manje; Youyou; On Jou Maten; Onomatopee (Boula Djel); Nwel
Personnel: David Murray