270

David Murray: Fo Deuk Revue

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
David Murray: Fo Deuk Revue Saxophonist David Murray signed to Justin Time in '95 and makes his Justin Time debut on Fo Deuk Revue, an impressively ambitious work recorded in Dakar, Senegal in mid-'96. His ensemble on this record includes American artists such as Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Darryl Burgee, Hugh Ragin, and Robert Irving III, as well as a host of Senegalese stars including sabar player Doudou N'Diaye Rose and rappers Positive Black Soul. Fo Deuk Revue brings together elements of jazz, funk, African percussion, rap, Afro-pop, and spoken word poetry—a massive fusion of styles and sounds.

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


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Honest Woman" CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Crowded Solitudes" CD/LP/Track Review Crowded Solitudes
by John Sharpe
Published: July 24, 2016
Read "Choice" CD/LP/Track Review Choice
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 9, 2016
Read "You'll Never Know" CD/LP/Track Review You'll Never Know
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 31, 2017
Read "Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen" CD/LP/Track Review Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "The Coyote" CD/LP/Track Review The Coyote
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!