202

Jean-Paul Borelly: Boom Bop

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Jean-Paul Borelly: Boom Bop While the tag, “with Archie Shepp and Henry Threadgill” on the cover of Boom Bop might make pulses of a certain age quicken with anticipation, the two saxophonists don’t play together on the disc. However, the handful of appearances by each, on this bewitching set of Afrocentric music, provides the icing on a cake whose many layers seem injected with hallucinogens.

As befits someone whose professional resume includes work with Pee Wee Ellis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman and Trilok Gurtu, guitarist Bourelly brings an eclectic world-view to the table. With the great Abdourahmane Diop, from Senegal, on vocals and percussion, and a potent, uncluttered backdrop, much of the disc sounds like the Gary Bartz NTU Troop crossed with the Sun City Girls. On the hypnotic “Tara,” for instance, multi-tracking allows Bourelly to weave hard-edged, dirty blues licks with delicate wisps of electronic effects; the master plan is rigorously constructed, yet as spontaneous as the blink of an eye. On electric guitar, Bourelly’s huge, wah-wah’d runs on “Gumbe” are wide enough to contain a river; when he turns to acoustic for the ruminative “Root One,” the harmonic universe he creates manages to simultaneously summon the spirits of Jimi Hendrix, and the English folk icon, Nick Drake.

Shepp sounds as fluid as ever on “New Afro Blu” and “Invisible Indivisible,” where he plays off a guitar-bass-drums jam reminiscent of the boundary-pushing Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys. Unlike other sideman work that’s found him rather superficially grafted onto the proceedings, Shepp fits perfectly into Bourelly’s sonic landscape, which is full of glistening, ethereal details. Threadgill is relegated to the ensemble for “Silent Rain,” but achieves active status on “Kinetic Threadness,” where his tensile, percussive interplay with Bourelly pulses like veins bulging in one’s neck. Chalk this disc up as an early candidate for the year’s best.


Track Listing: Gumbe/New Afro Blu/Three Chambers of Diop/Silent Rain/Root One/Invisible Indivisible/Kinetic Threadness/Brother Boom Bap/Tara/Griot Sunset.

Personnel: Jean-Paul Bourelly-electric and/or acoustic guitar,lead vocal,effects;Abdourahmane Diop-lead vocals and/or drums;Archie Shepp-tenor sax;Henry Threadgill-alto sax;Reggie Washington-bass;Big Royal Talamacus-filtered boom bass;Samba Sock-boograboo;Slaka-jimbe;Slam T. Wig-drums.

Title: Boom Bop | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Jazz Magnet Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Masters In Bordeaux CD/LP/Track Review Masters In Bordeaux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 19, 2017
Read On Parade In Parede CD/LP/Track Review On Parade In Parede
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2017
Read Good Merlin CD/LP/Track Review Good Merlin
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 19, 2017
Read I Believe In You CD/LP/Track Review I Believe In You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Morning Sun CD/LP/Track Review Morning Sun
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 18, 2017
Read The Conscience CD/LP/Track Review The Conscience
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2017
Read "Rub Out The Word" CD/LP/Track Review Rub Out The Word
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2016
Read "Duende Libre" CD/LP/Track Review Duende Libre
by James Nadal
Published: May 6, 2017
Read "Tyrant Lizard" CD/LP/Track Review Tyrant Lizard
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 2, 2017
Read "Peninsular" CD/LP/Track Review Peninsular
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: April 16, 2017
Read "Ranky Tanky" CD/LP/Track Review Ranky Tanky
by James Nadal
Published: August 13, 2017
Read "Wanderlust" CD/LP/Track Review Wanderlust
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 23, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.